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Unlike the many canyon and wash-type trails in the Florence OHV area, Rollercoaster weaves up and down along the ridgelines high above the canyon floors providing unobstructed, 360-degree views in all directions. This trail leaves you open-mouthed and white-knuckled as it traverses consistent 20-25 degree slopes and reaches brief moments as high as 32 degrees.

The eastern half of the trail starts near the Orville Waterfall obstacle and passes one campsite near the valley floor, which is suitable for a few vehicles. After traveling up a series of ridgelines, the trail crosses the intersection of Box Canyon, North Box Canyon, and Mineral Mountain before sharply climbing to the top of the ridgelines again. The trail's western half is the most difficult, with the steepest climbs and descents. Several sections of deep erosion ruts will also need to be navigated. The western edge of the trail drops down to intersect with Mineral Mountain at the Sunset Mine.

A reliable 4x4 with low gearing, high clearance, and aggressive off-road tires will be needed to traverse the entire trail. Traction aids are highly recommended, as losing traction and momentum in the middle of a steep climb could result in losing control of your vehicle. The trail is generally only one vehicle wide. Tight sections between cacti make this trail unsuitable for full-width vehicles. Rollercoaster is good for novice wheelers looking to push their mental abilities and their vehicle's physical abilities.