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.
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.
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.
Ran this trail on Sat in prep for the upcoming jamboree. Great trail. The "bypass" on White line is not part of the trail however and was cut in the route for whatever reason. At least for some of us og guys it wasn't ever part of the route. The difficult line mentioned is the bypass for White Line and it's what our club uses. Anyways, trail was great and dry this time. Popular trail good obstacles.
Ran this trail while out on a weekend trip to Sedona. Table Mesa was recommended by Bent Fabrications shop owner in Glendale AZ, i made a pit stop there to get shock mounts installed.
Being that.i drove my jeep from san diego and i needed to drive it back home. I didnt want to do any trails that were too hardcore extreme. I researched different trails and set out to check out Lower Terminator.
This trail was awesome !! Had good challenges and rock gardens. Including a waterfall spot 1/2 way thru.
I highly recommend Lower Terminator to experienced wheelers with at least 33" tires and a locker.
Even saw a cow on the side of the trail on the way out.
Ran this trail this past weekend in our JKU Rubicon with 2.5" lift and 35" tires. We had our overland gear (300lbs between our rooftop tent + awning), which made some of the off-camber obstacles pretty interesting. We had a momentary scare on the second obstacle where we thought we might tip. We skipped White Line and took the line up to the left instead, which was fun and still a good challenge. Overall, a really great time with the right lines and good spotters. Will definitely do this trail again, but we'll most likely leave the overland gear at home next time so we can choose different lines.
This was my 1st time on this trail and the above description is still accurate. We ran this in my JK with a 3" lift, 35"tires & no lockers. There was a few spots with standing water; but other than that the trail was dry. We chose to run up the center at waypoint 4. It was steep but putting it in 4-low and taking my foot off the clutch, I let the Jeep do it's job and it had no problems. We ran into a group of about 6 vehicles right before this waypoint. One of which was a lifted Suburban with no lockers. He chose the same route I did; but due to the long wheel base he got hung up about 3/4's of the way up and had to be winched over the crest. This group had ran this trail before and agreed to let us tag along. I was thankful for this because I really needed a spotter at waypoint 5. This was the only obstacle that my JK had issues with and they could have been mitigated with lockers. The above write up says that this trail can be done in an hour. It took us about three hours; but that included stopping and chatting to get acquainted with the group. Overall it was a fun trail to run and I will be seeing it again soon. Thanks to go out to our new friends Eric, Jameson, Jared, Andre, Jason and the rest of the group for letting us tag along and spotting for us.
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.
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
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.