Hike the Go John Trail

    5.0
    5.6 miles 804 ft gain  - Loop Trail

    Added by Dan Deublein

    A surprisingly beautiful hike through the desert North of Phoenix! Worthy for both locals and out-of-towners!

    As you park at the trailhead, you have the option to take this trail in either direction. I recommend that you travel north, which will immediately provide 0.75 miles of elevation gain. You will then reach a pass with panoramic views of the Tonto National Forest. A bench in this area provides the perfect spot to catch your breath!

    As you continue North, you will start to descend as you note an old mine shaft off to the right. Approximately another 0.25 miles, you will meet up with the Overton Trail. There are some cool washes in this next stretch, just continue to follow the signs for the Go John trail which are well-marked. 

    About a mile further, the trail becomes somewhat eroded from the rains, but provides reliable footing. About half way through the hike, you will reach an elevation of 2,529 feet near Gunsight Pass. 

    The last stretch of this hike provides beautiful views of the city below. You will continue to descend as you are guided back towards the parking lot. At a pace of 2.5 mph, this hike took roughly two hours to complete.  

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    Bathrooms
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Picnic Area
    Scenic
    Wildflowers
    Wildlife

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    4 months ago

    Beautiful and popular

    I love this trail in the winter, but I’ve heard that spring is remarkable with wildflowers everywhere. Because it’s so popular, parking can be a bit of a challenge so arrive early to ensure you get a spot. Even if you go in the winter, make sure you bring enough water!

    Spring Time is The Best Time

    Determining the direction will depend on if you want to make this a workout with a run, or a steady clip for a nice day hike. Starting west is the former, going east for the latter. East is a preference as you do a gradual winding incline looking into Cave Creek, Spur Cross and beyond. It allows for the descent of switchbacks on the final portion, which you will have to do a medium level assault for a workout if starting west. As the title implies, the variety of wildflowers doing bloom make for a rather scenic trip. Many other side trails exist to explore deep into the backcountry. Plan accordingly if this is an option you wish to pursue.

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    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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