Description: Narrow valley surrounded by interesting rock formations. Very enjoyable hard-core run. Forest Service campground near the start. Steep rocky climbs and descents. Follows narrow Hackberry Creek through several challenging boulder fields. Lockers and very high ground clearance recommended. Extreme terrain available on side roads. Don’t go alone.
Time & Distance: Just over 10 miles. Allow about 4 hours.
Trail Conditions: North part is in Tonto N.F., Globe Ranger District. Call (928) 402-6200.
Directions to the Trail: Follow Hwy 60 northeast past Superior. Turn right at sign for Oak Flat Campground near mile marker 231. Follow paved road south then east past the Oak Flat Campground. Turn left off paved road through gate after 1.5 miles. Close gate after passing through.
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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!