Cave Creek Recreation Area

Cave Creek Recreation Area

The Quartz Trail is a new 1.4 mile hike in Cave Creek Regional Park.  We walked about a mile on the Slate Trail before connecting with the Quartz Trail.  Despite its name the Slate Trail actually features outcroppings with layers of gray schist.  The Quartz Trail, on the other hand, is correctly named with several areas littered with chunks of quartz ranging in size from pebbles to milky-white boulders.  Our walk  was highlighted with chollas glistening like golden torches through this Sonoran Desert landscape.  The crimson tips of ocotillos fired our imaginations while stately saguaros stood as sentinels on the south-facing slopes.  A few yellow blooms of the brittlebush could be seen but creosote flowers were mostly gone.  The fuchsia blooms of the low lying hedgehog cactus could occasionally be spotted.  We returned to our car via a segment of the the Go John Trail.  For lunch we stopped at Cafe Bink in Carefree where we split a roast beef sandwich and chopped lettuce salad and shared a small serving of their famous fries presented with three dipping sauces.  Another special outing.