If you’re short on time, but itching to do a little four-wheeling, give this fun trail a try. The first two-thirds cuts across a fairly flat area with many side washes to explore. The last section climbs into low foothills and offers a short section of moderate rock crawling. Ends at an interesting dam and archaeological site. A great area for ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes. Watch for mountain bikers. Carry a State Trust Land permit (see page 16).
Submitted by Brian
Drove the trail today and was a bit more technical than other moderates I have done but it may be more difficult now after all the rain and lack of traffic since mid-summer. I was careful on the one feature they point out in the book, picked my line carefully, and moved some rocks around to assist but made it up and down with no real issues. It did feel like I was slipping towards the edge on the down but it wasn’t as bad as it looked once I got out to assess. This is what prompted my rock work to be sure I didn’t slip off the edge. Driving a 2009 Tacoma with a 2-inch lift and sliders/front and rear bumper work to help on entering/exit angles. A fun challenge that only took about 3 hours including exploring the mountain bike trail and ruins at the end of the run as described in the book. There is a sign from Maricopa County saying the trail is closed/fenced and the trail is blocked at waypoint three but it was not accurate, maybe it’s old? It had been shot up a few times so it’s been there for a while.
Submitted by Tim Naylor
Trail Closed. This area is scheduled for a major copper mining operation and the trail has been shut down by the mine owners, Rosemont Copper.