Little Pan Mine Road is the access road to an excellent off-road staging area within the Table Mesa Recreation Area. The Little Pan Staging Area has vault toilets and plenty of parking. Towards the north end of the road, you can find a camping spot near the Agua Fria River next to the Cottonwood Gulch. It also provides access to many other nearby trails that offer all types of adventures from overland to rock crawling.
Both ends of this dirt road connect to the BLM 9999 Trail within the Table Mesa Recreation Area.
From Table Mesa Road on the west side of I-17 (this requires a State Trust Land Permit) head north to BLM 9999 Trail. Stay right to continue north another 0.7 miles, then stay left to connect with Little Pan Mine Road.
To avoid State Trust Land, you can connect to 9999 from Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon OHV Trail, and possibly even the BLM 9959 Trail that splits to either Tip Top Mine or the northern side of Lake Pleasant (no outlet).
I took a quick half-day trip to the Table Mesa Recreation Area to check up on the trails, and ran into the Jeep Jamboree heading North to run Judgement Day. I followed them up Little Pan Mine Road to the intersection with 9999, then headed south again to meet some fellow Toyota off-road enthusiasts to take a short test drive along Pipeline Trail. One of the guys I was with, a former FJ Cruiser owner, had recently purchased an old heavily modified Toyota Pickup rock crawler and wanted to test it out.
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