Difficulty: Difficult and dangerous.
IMPORTANT! This trail has been permanently closed by the BLM since 2010.
Description: Absolutely stunning scenery, including remarkably intact Martinez Mill. Stay on the trail at all times. This is an environmentally sensitive area. Extremely steep with technically challenging rock obstacles. The most dangerous part is The Luge – a 10-footdeep, 200-foot-long trench on a steep mountainside. The Luge has a bypass, but it is so steep you must slide down. This trail is for experts only.
note: State Trust Land permit is required (read this post).
Time & Distance: To reach this trail, you must first drive Martinez Cabin trail. Martinez Canyon is less than 3 miles but allow at least 2 hours. The entire trip, including Martinez Cabin, will take most of the 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. Follow Cottonwood Canyon Road east for about 8 miles, until you reach a major T intersection with Mineral Mountain Road. Head south on Box Canyon Road for 5.2 miles, make a sharp left turn uphill out of the wash. Martinez Cabin is 3.6 miles from this spot.
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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!