Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
Description: This short, fun trip takes you to Reymert Historic Site, where you’ll see remains of an old mining ghost town and an interesting cabin, called the Sugar Shack. The cabin is part of an active mining claim and appears to be in use by the claimant. Please leave everything as you find it and take only photos. Route is open to unlicensed vehicles. You’ll cross a small section of State Trust Land.
Mineral Mountain Road is maintained. Reymert Road leading to the historic site follows a narrowing wash. Some minor brush and small rock challenges. Suitable for most aggressive SUVs with 4WD and good ground clearance.
Time & Distance: Just under 7 miles one way from Hwy 60, allow 2-3 hours. Elevation change: 2,063 to 2,823 ft. Best time to go is mid February to May & September to November.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Gila District, Tucson Field Office. Call (520) 258-7200.
Directions to the Trail: Take Hwy. 60 east from Apache Junction about 16 miles and turn right on Mineral Mountain Road just before mile marker 216. Staging area is immediately on the right. To enter via Cottonwood Canyon Road, look for flagpole on east side of Hwy. 79 between mile markers 144 and 145.
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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!