Description: Not much scenery except Ajax Mine. Strictly for the hard-core enthusiast. Trail follows rocky creek bottom. Large boulders and narrow passages. Lower portion is very difficult; upper portion is extreme. Lockers and very high ground clearance required. Flash floods possible. Route-finding is very confusing. Stay in wash bottom as it weaves back and forth across exit road and other roads.
note: State Trust Land permit is required (read this post).
Time & Distance: Lower portion is 2.2 miles. Add another 0.8 miles for upper portion. Return distance approximately the same. Allow 3 to 4 hours if all goes well.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Gila District, Tucson Field Office. Call (520) 258-7200.
Directions to the Trail: From intersection of Hwy 60 and Hwy 79 at Florence Junction, head east on Hwy 60. Turn right at flagpole at 3.7 miles on Mineral Mountain Road. Follow Mineral Mountain Road south, bear left at 4.5 miles and go straight at 6.4. Ignore many small side roads. Continue past the entrance to Woodpecker Mine trail, cross wash and bear right. When the road turns left and forks in another 0.5 miles, bear right and drop into a wash. Immediately turn left in bottom of the wash. This is the start of the trail.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!