Arizona Hiking Gallery
Go John Trail Loop Hike
Cave Creek Recreation Area, AZ
December 4, 2005
Gallery contains 39 photos
Gallery last updated: 1/1/2006
The Go John Trail travels through classic Sonoran Desert landscape. Here you can see the trail climbing up a saddle as it heads north near the beginning of the loop hike.
A "rabbit eared" saguaro?
A rocky hillside studded with Saguaro and Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus.
Close up of a rock outcropping.
A view looking up the hillside near the top of the saddle.
The Saguaro Cactus is right at home on the rocky slopes of the Sonoran Desert.
A view from the saddle looking south back down the trail toward the Go John trailhead.
A large desert vista looking north from the saddle toward Elephant Mountain and New River Mesa in the distance. Behind the shrubs at the lower left is a fenced-off mine shaft.
Many animals nest in the Saguaro Cactus. This hole was likely made by a Gila Woodpecker or a Gilded Flicker, two birds that commonly nest in the cactus.
A desert view from the northwest corner of the Go John loop.
Teddy Bear Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii) is a common cactus of the Sonoran Desert. But don't go hugging this teddy bear!
Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii) is another common cactus of the Sonoran Desert. At the bottom right is a Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii).
A view of Continental Mountain to the northeast.
Closeup of a Teddy Bear Cholla.
From here the Go John Trail travels easterly, easily contouring around the north side of these two peaks (to the left in this photo) before turning south and heading up another small saddle behind them.
The afternoon sun sets the silvery spines of the cholla aglow in this view toward the northwest.
Inside, the Saguaro Cactus is supported by wooden ribs. Here the ribs still stand after the cactus has died.
Footprints and tireprints in the sand, evidence of a well travelled trail.
There are four spur trails that lead out of the Cave Creek Recreation Area, however, they aren't for general use!
A view back to the northwest as the trail climbs up the second saddle.
After reaching the second saddle majestic views to the southeast are laid out before you. Four Peaks is in the center with the McDowell Mountains (I think) on the right.
Looking over Cave Creek and Carefree with the Mazatzal Mountains in the background including Four Peaks on the far right.
Wildflowers in December? Only in Arizona!
Ocotillo in silhouette against a blue Arizona afternoon sky.
Looking over the outskirts of the city toward Continental Mountain.
A field of Teddy Bear Cholla.
A view overlooking the Cave Creek and Carefree toward Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountains.
All images Copyright ©2005 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.