A fun, scenic SUV trail conveniently located close to Phoenix, Mesa and Apache Junction. Due to recent maintenance, we found the trail easier than previous drives; however, future erosion could restore it to its former moderate rating. Trail requires a special permit, but it’s free. The permit gives you the combination to unlock the gates. Call the Mesa Ranger District (number at right) for details. Open to unlicensed vehicles. Use designated routes only. Dispersed camping allowed.
Submitted by Laura
Would rate this as moderate. The 2 miles from 3554 to blue point gate was easy, but from wolverine entrance to 3554 it is very rocky and rutted. Rear locker helpful to get up the steep hill as it was really loose. Looks like it hasn’t been maintained compared to the pictures in the book.
Submitted by Charles Wells
We will be changing the rating on this trail from easy to moderate. It was much more washed out and rutted than the last time we drove it. The rating often changes on this trail due to occasional maintenance. See notes from the update below.
I started this trail as listed in the book starting at the Blue Point entrance. My update is that this is in no way an easy trail. The trail should be updated. The sections between waypoint 1 and waypoint 3 are for sure not suitable for a stock vehicle. There are some spots near the end of the trail as you get closer to the Cottonwood entrance that is more difficult as well. I would rate this trail as Moderate. The most difficult parts of this trail are the most scenic. Amazing views on this trail and in my opinion really worth doing especially if you appreciate scenic beauty.