Little Pan Mine Road passes through the BLM's Table Mesa Recreation Area set in the beautiful cactus-studded Sonoran Desert. The Bradshaw Mountains dominate the skyline to the northwest, while the New River Mountains define the eastern horizon. The area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy wheeling, rock crawling, OHVs, shooting, dirt biking, and hiking. The region has a rich history of mining and cattle ranching. Being close to Phoenix, the area can get crowded on weekends.
Little Pan Mine Road offers great views, some good campsites, a river crossing, and hills steep enough to make you pay attention to the off-camber shelf road. Shade trees abutting a high cliff face near the Agua Fria River make for an excellent picnic site. A wide variety of cacti native to the Sonoran Desert line the trail. Just north of the river crossing, a magnificent stand of Saguaro dominates a hillside.
Whatever type of adventure you are seeking, Little Pan Mine Road can take you there.
Little Pan Mine Road begins at Waypoint 3 of AZCO Mine Road. Turn left at the Y intersection. Little Pan Mine Road is signed as 9998. There is an often-used shooting area just to the left after the trailhead.
We took this one in reverse. The river crossing was our starting point and much deeper then anticipated. For my 01 forester it was lower door level and mid grille deep. Awesome trail with a fun hill climb
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.
Hi! I'm Wade.
After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail."
My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse.
Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew is a true pleasure.
Hope to see you on the trail soon.