View Full Version : Arizona wheelin'

March 24th, 2006, 03:31 PM
This is a really late trip report, since we went in Feb, but what the heck, I thought some of you might be interested in seeing what kind of wheeling there is in Arizona.

We spent 6 days there -- 3 days in the Florence Junction area (east of Phoenix) and 3 days in the Table Mesa area (north of Phoenix). Feb was a great time to escape the snow for some 75+ degree weather. Most of the trails we did followed narrow gullies. They seemed narrower than most Colorado stuff...those of us with wider axles had to take some creative lines to fit through some places. The trails didn't have the constant bouldering like a some of the hard trails here, but they made up for that with the waterfalls.

Day 1: We hooked up with a couple guys from the Arizona Virtual Jeep Club (AZVJC) to run the 5-rated Overdose and 4.5-rated Bad Medicine trails. (AZ uses a 0-5 rating system.) Great guys to wheel with & great trails with fun waterfalls. I broke a Warn hub on the last obstacle of Bad Medicine but managed to limp out and we swapped the hub out back at camp.

Me on Bad Medicine:

The last waterfall on Bad Medicine. The narrower axle vehicles were able to scoot the back end around that big boulder at the top. The wider vehicles needed to turn into the rock and take the back end over it.

Day 2: We took the 3.0-rated Box Canyon trail up from Florence and then did the 2.5-rated Martinez Cabin & 4-rated Martinez Canyon trails. Box Canyon is an easy trail suitable for stock rigs, but scenic. Martinex Cabin is also easy. Martinez Canyon was really scenic with a bit of challenge. You could make some of it tougher depending on the lines you took.

Good scenery -- this was looking back at the first part of Martinez Canyon:

Day 3: We did the Lower Woodpecker trail (4.5) and Highway to Hell (4.5). Highway to Hell was really fun with some great obstacles.

MonsterZ on H2H:

The younger (much cuter) JeepDiva. Yes, camo and pink do go together! She does really well riding along, as long as I keep moving.

Day 4: We met up with a couple AZVJC guys again and ran 4.5-rated Anaconda & 5.0-rated Collateral Damage. These two were awesome trails. Lots of waterfalls on these...a few where I was wishing for longer wheelbase. We also decided to play on Raw Deal (3.5-4.0 rated) at the end of the day. That's where my other hub decided to call it a day.

MonsterZ on Anaconda:

MonsterZ's dad catching air on Collateral Damage. If you had much of a front bumper, it was hard to get the right line up onto the first ledge of this obstacle. If you turned too soon and the rear dropped in, this is what happened:

Day 5: We did Lower Terminator (4.5), Judgment Day (4.0), Upper Terminator (4.0), and Predator (4.5). A full day! I didn't get many pics of these...too busy wheelin!

Day 6: We wanted to make it a short day, so we did Raw Deal and then did Collateral Damage again. We had a nice lunch by the river and then loaded up and headed toward home.

Here are the rest:

I'd definitely like to take another trip there. There were some even tougher looking trails that we decided to save for next time.

March 24th, 2006, 08:13 PM
Nice write up. Looks like I'll be planning a trip to Arizona next winter.

How many trails are in that area? How far apart are they?

March 24th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Let me know when ya go again....I'll pull my junk down there and maybe get to see my house for the 3rd time this year

March 25th, 2006, 12:51 AM

Trails look narrow for sure. Was this part of your group too? :shrug:


Hard to tell if that's an old vehicle or one of your group.

BTW, cute baby, breaking em in right! :thumbsup:

March 25th, 2006, 08:56 AM

Trails look narrow for sure. Was this part of your group too? :shrug:

Not part of our group...we came across this Cherokee at the beginning of Lower Terminator. The license plates were gone, so we figured it to be a stolen vehicle that was ditched. The AZ guys did end up organizing a run to haul it out of there :thumbsup: which was no small feat since the axles had been removed by then.

March 25th, 2006, 09:06 AM
How many trails are in that area? How far apart are they?

The Table Mesa area has at least 3 other hard trails that I know of. We walked a two of them...Twisted & Annihilator...and decided to save them for next time. Twisted was this really narrow gully, where you'd want nice flexy suspension and you'd be trying to stay up on the walls, straddling a big crack. Didn't look like it would be a fun extraction if you messed up! Annihilator had two huge waterfalls and that was pretty much it. I think there may be some more trails in that area though. All those trails were really close together.

The Florence Junction area had a couple more hard trails that we didn't have time for and then had several other scenic trails (check out the Wells book for AZ for the scenic ones). It was maybe 5-10 miles of gravel road to get back in there from the highway and then the trails were fairly close to each other.

I would say both areas have enough to keep you busy for 4-5 days. It definitely helped to have a local guiding us around some. Both areas had lots of confusing roads going everywhere.

March 25th, 2006, 09:46 AM
Good write up and pictures. Now I'm sure I can't follow you everywhere.....hope to see you in Moab......:) :)..........H

March 25th, 2006, 12:52 PM
:thumbsup: awesome write up and nice pics!!! looks like we need to get down to AZ and play!