Things to do in Phoenix: hike of the month is Go John/Overton Loop

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As promised, I'm highlighting things to do in Phoenix including a hike of the month. This one is one of my favorites. Located in North Phoenix, it is a quiet trail that is great to bring the kids along with or go horseback riding on.

The Go John and Overton Trails are actually two separate trails that come together to create one large 6-mile loop. You can do just either one or the whole thing. Separately, the Go John Trail is a 4.8-mile loop, and the Overton Trail is a 2.1-mile loop.

Hiking is easily one of the local favorite things to do in Phoenix and this trail is a great example of why. The Go John Trail begins as an easy hike through the desert that gradually begins a moderate climb via long switchbacks. At about 4-miles, you come to the junction with the Overton Trail. Here, you can either complete the Go John Trail or you can continue to hike along the Overton Trail. I will say, there is more shade along the Go John trail if that is something of interest.

The Overton Trail, much like the Go John Trail, offers a moderate climb before the downhill. This trail is so quiet that you might forget that you are in the 5th largest city in the nation. Yet, as the Overton Trail turns south, the sight of houses will remind you that you are - indeed - back in the city. The trail then descends toward a picnic area that has very nice ramadas where you can stop to catch your breath and have a drink of water.

As with any hike in the desert, pack lots of water. I also recommend using a Camelback water carrier so that your hands are free and available to take pictures. It's a very scenic hike.

Above all, enjoy the desert beauty. It is one of the best things to do in Phoenix as residents and visitors alike take in the stunning local flora. The Saguaro cacti, rough rocks, and landscape views are quite enchanting. Enjoy!

The stats:

Trailhead: Go John/Overton

Length: 6 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate

County Park: Cave Creek Regional Park

Directions to Trailhead:

From Phoenix, take Cave Creek Road north to the Carefree Highway then turn left. Turn right onto 32nd Street and continue into the Cave Creek Recreational Area. There is a fee required to enter the park. Continue along the main park road. There is an access road for the Go John Trailhead on the left.

There are many wonderful things to do in Phoenix. But what really draws some of our retirees to the area is the beautiful landscape and outdoor activities: hiking included. If you are interested in buying a home in the Phoenix area, contact me. It's a great location - with many wonderful things to do in Phoenix - and I'm happy to help.

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Many retirees also buy homes that are on golf courses - another one of the favorite things to do in Phoenix

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Comments (1)

Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ

A great hike, getting cool enough to really enjoy hiking

Nov 02, 2011 06:21 AM

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