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Walnut Canyon

2 Reviews
Location Florence, AZ
Rating Moderate,
Length 19.4mi
Time 6hrs

Vehicle Types


Fun, scenic route is challenging for stock SUVs.

A fun drive offering real adventure. Beautiful Sonoran Desert with towering red buttes on all sides. Northern part of the trail borders White Canyon Wilderness with many popular hiking trails. Southern half runs alongside the Gila River. A small portion of trail crosses State Trust Land, so a permit should be carried. This is a popular area for non-street-legal vehicles. Staging available at start of Battle Axe Road. Stay on designated routes at all times.


Trail Ratings Defined

Winding, rutted road with steep climbs and descents. Much of the trail follows low-lying sandy washes. Toughest part is a long, steep downhill stretch between Waypoints 05 and 06. After a heavy rain, this section can become rutted and washed out.






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Submitted by Susan
Beautiful, but ruts between points 5 and, 6 are very deep and steep, much more so than last year. Rated harder than moderate.

Submitted by Thomas
I was just there and the section between 5 and 6 is pretty bad. The section closest to the river bottom is especially bad. I did the loop in reverse because I missed the turn to start the loop so it may have just been worse going up. I would prepare for this spot to be worse than you expect. I did enjoy this trail a lot and it is in my top 10 favorites now.

Submitted by David Stephens
There is some confusion as to the validity of the route between Waypoints 7 and 8. It is physically marked as a hiking trail. FunTreks clarified with the BLM office that since the route is on State Trust Land it is considered a shared route and legal to motorized vehicles. The BLM also asked FunTreks to change the route from Waypoint 2 and 3 (that follows the wash) to now use the main road. Waypoint 4 is not shady anymore, the natural spring is being used for private use.


Rate this trail on a scale of 1 to 5.


Thomas says

I have added this trail to my top 10 favorites now. I really enjoyed it. I personally think novice riders should skip the section between 5 and 6. There is a small part near the wash that is worse than a moderate rating.

Tom S says

One of the most beautiful trails in AZ. Incredibly beautiful scenery. Some places are hard to navigate. I would rate it difficult. At least for me it felt harder that some of the lower end difficult rated trails in this book. Do not go there if you are beginner!
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