Description: This remote and rugged trail should not be taken lightly. It includes narrow, rocky shelf roads and steep inclines. Parts of the trail follow sandy creek bottoms which are highly susceptible to erosion. Be aware of the possibilty of flash floods. Many side roads in the area can take you miles off course, so pay attention to directions. The use of GPS is very helpful. Do not drive this trail alone. Use caution while exploring mines.
Time & Distance: Nearly 25 miles one way to the Copperopolis Mine. You can return the same way, or head SE towards Castle Hot Springs Rd, and Hwy 74. The first part of the trip, driving down the dirt roads, goes by quickly but the actual trail part takes some time. Allow 5 to 6 hours for the round trip plus additional stopping time. Plan it as a full day adventure.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office, Phoenix District. Call (623) 580-5500.
Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.
Directions to the Trail: From Phoenix, head north on Hwy 60 to Wickenburg. Turn right on El Recreo Drive one block before McDonald’s. From the west side of Wickenburg, go through town and over the Hassayampa Bridge. Turn left a block after McDonald’s.
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Get yourself and your rig ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared 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 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 the number to Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Their 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!
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