A photographer’s dream. Beautiful Sonoran Desert with towering red buttes on all sides of the trail. A fun drive offering real adventure. Hike into the nearby White Canyon Wilderness area north of the trail. A small part of this trail crosses State Trust Land so it’s best to have a State Trust Land permit. For information call 602-364-2753. This is also a popular ATV area. Stay on existing trails at all times.
Moderate. Winding, rutted road with moderate climbs and descents. Narrow in a few places. Our group drove the trail following a period of torrential rains. Several places were badly washed out, which required some rock-stacking for several stock vehicles in our group. While the road is well defined most of the way, one section crosses a low sandy area along the Gila River. Skid plates and high ground clearance recommended for stock vehicles. Brush may lightly touch your vehicle.
Remote area. Travel with other vehicles. Carry plenty of water and protection from the sun. Tell somewhere where you’re going.
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Turn right here out of wide wash into lesser wash. Follow fence line west. If you miss this turn, you'll soon reach the Gila River. As you head west, you are now crossing State Trust Land, which requires a permit.
Road branches in different directions. If you are following the tracklog, you'll make a hard left here and head downhill. You'll eventually reach another wash and head north. Follow this road out of wash and climb back to start of loop. Return the way you came.
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I just got back from this trip and need to want people-- it is currently not a "family friendly" moderate route- it is leaning much closer to hard right now. The entire route has been effected by the strong storms AZ has gotten this year and there are many big washouts. Some sections have become fairly technical if you have a stock SUV/Truck. Also, expect to get your sides scratched up on all the brush that has grown into the trails.
Please take care if you do this route! It is also highly recommended you travel with another vehicle-- don't solo this route right now unless you have a well modified rig and a winch! I ended up having to call in a recovery specialist to come winch me out of a big wash between points 1 and 2 on the map. My friend was unable to tow me out of it.
All that said, it is a route with beautiful scenery! Visited on Aug 20, 2011