Nearly two decades ago, county planners envisioned a 315-mile trail that would circle Maricopa County, connecting all the county parks and other trails into one giant system. To mark completion of the loop this year, all county parks will waive entry fees on Saturday, Nov. 17, which is also national Take a Hike Day.
The loop now connects 1,521 miles of trails, used by walkers, runners, cyclists and equestrians.
The northern part of the trail hugs the southern edge of Anthem, connecting Lake Pleasant Regional Park to Cave Creek Regional Park and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. It goes under I-17 in Deadman Wash at the Daisy Mountain Drive interchange.
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“Open space is one of the most valuable assets we have in Maricopa County and I think it’s fitting that we celebrate this milestone on National Take a Hike Day,” said District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates.
At Cave Creek Regional Park, a grand opening will mark installation of a Maricopa Trail kiosk, after which rangers will conduct guided hikes. Game & Fish and other organizations will be there to talk about what they do.
Maricopa Trail Access Points in the North Valley
Anthem Equestrian Trailhead
Daisy Mountain Fire Station 145
1120 W. Desert Hills Road, adjacent to eastern Anthem
Andy Kunasek at Spear S Ranch Trailhead
New River Road, just north of Desert Hills
Cave Creek Regional Park
37900 E. Cave Creek Parkway
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