Lower Terminator TV2

Black Canyon City, Arizona (Yavapai County)
Last Updated: 06/17/2018
5/5 (1 review)
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Status: Open
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 6-8
Length: 1 miles
Highest Elevation: 1002 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Black Canyon City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Canyon City
Official Road Name: TV2
Management Agency: BLM
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Highlight: Lower Terminator TV2

This is a very fun and technical run. Easy lines to hard lines. You can make it what you want or go back and watch some built rigs play around. You'll get beautiful views as you head back to the trail. It is a great night run in the hot summer months. It also is a good place to test your skills. Camping at the little pan staging area has nice bathrooms and plenty of room for trailers. The Table Mesa area has some very fun trails from mild to extreme. You can spend a weekend out there and have a blast. Some of the other nearby trails out there are Upper Terminator, Raw Deal, Die Hard, and Anaconda.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (6-8)

Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12". Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30" in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. One vehicle wide. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle Modifications helpful.

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TV2 (Technical Vehicle) also known as Lower Terminator. This trail is in a wash with some challenging obstacles to play on. It starts off with a couple rock ledges and v-notches. Each has an easy line to a difficult line. At the White Line obstacle there is a bypass, then the rest of the trail the obstacles are on the sides and you can choose to do them or not. The last climb out can be challenging depending on how washed out or how rutted it is. Short wheelbase with 33” tires or long wheelbase with 35” and open differential’s can make it. You will enjoy beautiful desert landscape as you wind through this short run. You can go through it in as little as 30 minutes or stay in there and play for hours trying more challenging lines.


1. TV2 Lower Terminator Start

Turn right into the wash

2. 1st Obstacle

This is the 1st set of ledges. Most challenging on the far left and easiest on the far right

3. 2nd Obstacle

The challenging line is far left and the easiest line is far right. pic 2 is looking back.

4. White Line

This obstacle is deceiving. If not done properly you can slide down the rock into the wall or tip over onto the wall. There is a hard line on the left just before this obstacle. It will take you on top and you then can drop back down into the trail at the Z turn. There is also a bypass on the left going up. It is right at the start of the rock with the white line. The 1st pic is the bypass. In the rock there is a white line (Pic 2 red arrow) you want the driver tire on or above this line. The trick is to roll smoothly off the backside. Too much braking and you will sit on the belly and slide down the rock. I find a nice low gear and roll right off controlled and its almost nothing.

5. Z Turn with the Terminator obstacle

Pic 1 is heading up into the Z turn. Looking directly at the buggy line. just off to the left is a bypass. turning right heading down into the Z. In the middle of the Z is called the Terminator. This was the original obstacle the trail was named after. Pic 2 is lined up for the Terminator. to the right of that is the way out of the Z. Pic 3 is the bypass.

6. Pivot Rock

This play area is on the right. there is a ridge you can climb over and go across the top. Be very careful as this is very off camber. You can go through the center and climb up and out to the left and pivot on the sliders. you can get some air time on the center.

7. TV2 Lower Terminator End

There are a few more play areas on the left and at the end.

8. Go left takes you back to the start

Take one of the hill climbs up out of the wash on the left to go up to the main shelf road back.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.021542, -112.176805
From Phoenix, travel north on Interstate 17. Take Exit 236 and turn west. Turn north on the frontage road which leads into the Recreation Area. There are lots of trails in this area. The Little Pan Staging Area has restrooms and is a good base to go out and run a trail and come back. Some of these trails in the Table Mesa Recreation Area require a State Trust Land Permit. It is suggested you obtain one 1st to ensure you are covered. From here you will continue northwest on road 9999 back into the desert. You'll go over a few hills and cross a small water crossing. The depth varies throughout the year. You'll come up to an intersection just after the water crossing and you want to go left to stay on 9999. The road will turn west then back north/northwest. You will come to the bottom of a hill and enter into Lower Terminator TV2 on the right.


The Little Pan Staging Area is a large parking lot with nice bathrooms. Its a good place to camp with a camper or trailer. There is also dispersed camping through out the Table Mesa area.
Camping: Lower Terminator TV2

Land Use Issues

State Trust Land Permits are required in some of the areas. It is best to obtain a permit yearly to ensure you are covered.

Writer Information

Mike Austin

Mapping Crew - Arizona
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I am a 4 wheeling enthusiast. My favorite type of wheeling would be Overlanding. I love to start in one town and end in another. Nothing beats cresting a ridge and there is only terrain for as far as you can see and that feeling of knowing your headed through there. I also love to test my vehicles limits and my abilities. It is also very important to me to be self sufficient and know my rigs weaknesses and be prepared for them. I drive it to the trails so I am cautious when wheeling and not heavy on the throttle. I'm am usually right in there if someone breaks as I love to solve problems and I'm handy with a wrench.


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Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Pretty dry out there today. Still has some good fun lines. It’s always changing. The final obstacle at the end is so much fun.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was very wet. It had a stream running down it the entire way. Awesome trail. Out of all the times I have ran this trail this time was the best. All the big rocks were exposed and the normal dug out obstacles were filled in. It seamed completely different. The Whit Line has been reduced to a speed bump. I went over it then backed back over it to take what was the bypass. I would now call the bypass the line as it was way more challenging especially wet. The large boulders that drop into the Z turn were very filled in and it was almost like a smooth road to line up to the Terminator. This is still challenging and even more so when its this wet. Being careful not to slip in the huge crack. Beware the main river crossing on the way to the trail was 37" deep. It was flowing straight into the cab of a JKU on 35' tires and a 3" lift.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trails were good and slippery. The river crossing heading to the trail was 35" deep so roll through slow. There was a rzr hydro locked in the water. On the trails the rain has moved some stuff around and everything was sandy and wet. It was a great day. Only us on the trails