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Coke Ovens 4x4 Trail, Arizona

Easy SUV road and popular mountain bike route

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 14.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  See unique, beehive-shaped ovens near the Cochran Townsite. This area was closed for a time but is now open. Please help keep the area... more »

Tips:  Carry lots of water and sun protection. Travel with other vehicles. Notify someone where you going. Make sure to carry a State Trust... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start Here

This is a convenient place to start. It is the intersection of two major county roads. Your phone directions will get you to this point. Head south from here on Mineral Mountain Road. Follow the tracklog as roads and wash bottoms mingle together and it can be confusing at times.

2. Decision Point

Right here follows the canyon bottom. It is mostly easy except for one giant rocky ledge that many will find difficult. Stock SUVs with low ground clearance should not go this way. Left follows high points around the canyon. It is narrow and steep in places, but fairly easy. It is also more scenic.

3. Giant Ledge

This spot looks worse than it is. The easiest line goes down the right (west) side. Not for vehicles with low ground clearance.

4. Bypass route rejoins

Main route and higher bypass route come back together here.

5. Old Stage Stop

Although rapidly deteriorating, this used to be and old stage stop. Note remnants of an old well.

6. Important intersection

Make sharp left turn here and climb hill. This way goes to Martinez Canyon and the Coke Ovens. Straight heads into Box Canyon. (Available as eGuide from FunTreks on EveryTrail.)

7. Scenic High Point

Low-clearance SUV should stop here at this scenic high point marked by a cattle guard.

8. Key Intersection

Stay right here to reach Coke Ovens. You'll climb and descend several long, steep rocky hills. Left here goes to Martinez Canyon. (Available as eGuide from FunTreks on EveryTrail.)

9. Start of Loop

Continue straight and begin clockwise loop. You'll return on the road to the left.

10. Coke Ovens

Zigzag uphill to Coke Ovens. From here you can double back the way you came, or continue on around the loop. There are two large ledges to climb if you continue. When you reach start of loop, turn left and return the way you came.