Description: A memorable drive through stark rocky canyons and gorgeous Sonoran Desert. Ends at spectacular Martinez Canyon, an historic mining area. Views of the Superstition Mountains and Weaver’s Needle can be seen from high points along the route. Enjoy Martinez Cabin in the cool shade of giant cottonwoods at the end of the drive. Hike a half-mile to well-preserved Martinez Mine. Most of the trail is easy except one moderate spot. Some light brush rubs against vehicles near the end of the trail. Route-finding is complex. This is a remote and rugged area so carry plenty of water and be self-sufficient. Much of the trail follows wash bottoms where flash flooding is possible.
note: State Trust Land permit is required (read this post).
Time & Distance: Martinez Cabin is almost 17 miles from Hwy 79. Allow 5 to 6 hours for the round trip. If you stop along the way or hike to Martinez Mine, plan a full day.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Gila District, Tucson Field Office. Call (520) 258-7200.
Directions to the Trail: From the intersection of Hwy 60 and Hwy 79 at Florence Junction, drive south on Hwy 79 about 5 miles. Turn left at a flagpole between mile markers 144 and 145 at Cottonwood Canyon Road.
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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!