I hope you had a happy Valentine’s day! Guess what? I got new turf in my yard. What a way to show the love. It was also a three-day weekend for my folks, so we got out to try a new trail. We originally drove up to Spur Cross Ranch, one of my all-time favorites, but it was jam packed. Maybe too many of my readers are exploring all at once? Anyway, we bailed and decided to discover something new.
We ended up at the P.A. Seitts Preserve just a few miles away in Cave Creek. Follow the Carefree Highway to Cave Creek Road and head toward Cave Creek. Stay on that until N. 52nd and turn left. You’ll take an immediate right onto E. New River Road and then a quick left onto N. 54th. Don’t worry so much about the turns; you basically stay on the same road – it just changes names. It will end up being Cloud at the trail head (Cloud and N. 52nd again). Parking and access are free, but the spaces are limited. This trail starts in a neighborhood so please be respectful.
This preserve is about 271 acres and provides connection to the Cave Creek Regional Park. It has several trail options to choose from and apparently has some magnificent overlooks and old cemetery. From the parking area, you walk just a little bit before you come to a metal fence. Open to access and close behind you. This is the beginning of the actual preserve, and a sign indicates as such. We weren’t sure where to go and met a very nice lady on the trail who lived nearby. Her name was Loraine, just like my mom’s but with one “r.” What are the odds? Anyway, she pointed the way toward Cave Creek, so we followed the path to the left.
If we had gone to the right, it would go up the saddle to the overlook area. We will have to try that trail next time. For today, we kept taking lefts at every “Y” intersection and ended up at Cave Creek the river, not the town. Water was flowing but wasn’t too deep. I walked right across it, but mom and dad had to find rocks to step on so they didn’t get their hiking boots wet.
To this point is just under a mile and is very mild. It is open to hikers, bicyclists, and horses but we basically had the trail to ourselves. I guess everyone was at Spur Cross Ranch! On this trail, you get the scenic hills and big Saguaros just like Spur Cross. You even feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you aren’t. Instead of hiking through a ranch, you are going through estate homes. I think the people who live here were instrumental is protecting this block of land, so thank you for making it available to us all!
Loraine was pleased to see my mom pick up my “package,” and I encourage your humans to do the same. Let’s keep the trails clean for everyone. We continued on across the creek and met a bicyclist taking a break. She was heading back to the Cave Creek Regional Park. Once you cross the creek, the trail becomes the Go John Connector trail and takes you to the park. We estimate it would be 2 to 2 ½ more miles from the creek. We weren’t going that far today and turned around to head back.
The sky was blue and the temperatures just perfect. This trail would be hot in the summer, so now is the time to check it out. The trail isn’t well marked, so know what you want to do before you go and remember to either keep taking lefts toward the creek or rights toward the overlook. This gets high marks for scenic beauty, tranquility, and ease of hiking. We will be back!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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