This is a central-corridor route through a popular 4-wheel-drive area. Branching off of this route is Woodpecker/Ajax loop, Martinez... more » Canyon and the Coke Ovens. (All available as eGuides from FunTreks on EveryTrail.) The main feature of this route is narrow Box Canyon at the southern end of what’s described here. Although rare, this section is susceptible to dangerous flash floods. Stay out of the canyon if heavy rains are predicted or if you see dark clouds nearby. The walls are too steep to climb should you get caught in the canyon. This trail can also be driven in the opposite direction starting on Price Road just north of Florence. Open all year except a few weeks a year when military training exercises are in progress. Dates of closure are posted at the main entrance at Cottonwood Canyon Road and Mineral Mountain Road. The area is closed if red flags are flying. A State Trust Land permit is required to ride in this area. Call 602-364-2753 for details.
Moderate. It’s tempting to rate this trail easy but there are several moderate-size rocks to get over. Stock 4x4 SUVs with good ground clearance should be okay. You may bottom out occasionally but damage is unlikely. A giant ledge must be negotiated if you take the lower road. SUVs with low ground clearance should take the high-road bypass.
This trail is one of 75 trails from the book, Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, by Charles Wells, and is available at www.funtreks.com. This trail is also in FunTreks ATV Trails Guide Arizona Phoenix Region. less «