Little Pan Mine Road
New River, Arizona (Yavapai) Technical Rating: 2-4
Last Updated: 03-04-2016
Black Canyon City
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BLM / Table Mesa Recreation Area
Little Pan Mine Road Highlights
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.
Technical rating: (2-4) Easy
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.
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Directions to Trailhead
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 (coming soon) that splits to either Tip Top Mine ( Coming Soon ) or the northern side of Lake Pleasant (no outlet).
Little Pan Mine Road, on the south end, is a well-maintained dirt road that runs through the middle of Table Mesa Recreation Area to access the Little Pan Staging Area. The northern portion of this dirt road is rougher, skinnier, with moderate hills, steep side hills, some washes, and a river crossing. Four-wheel drive is recommended for the northern portion, still most vehicles with decent clearance can manage the full length of this road during fair weather.
1: 9999 & 9998 South End Intersection (0.0mi)
Head northwest from this intersection toward Little Pan Staging Area, or you connect up with BLM 9999 Trail at the south end of Little Pan Mine Road.
2: 9991 Intersection (0.8mi)
Stay straight on 9998.
This is not much of an intersection, as you'll likely miss the turn-off if you're heading north and not looking for it. The 9991 trail will take you east to 9999.
3: 9994 Intersection (0.9mi)
Continue straight on Little Pan Mine road, or turn left (southwest) to connect with BLM 9994 Trail.
4: Little Pan Staging Area (1.0mi)
The Little Pan Staging Area is to the right (east) of Little Pan Mine Road, with two entrances/exits: one at the north end and one at the south end. Here you'll find vault toilets, plenty of parking for trailers, and an ATV training area and ATV trails.
5: Hill (1.5mi)
This moderately steep hill is a bit rough, and may require four-wheel drive; especially under wet conditions.
6: AZ Fish Dept. Signs (1.7mi)
Here you'll find some informational signs thanks to the Arizona Fish and Game Department, but it's nothing to worry about as long as you are not hunting or shooting and stay on the trails.
7: Rutted Hill (1.8mi)
This is the most technical part of the trail, but shouldn't be a problem unless you need to pass someone. It gives you a nice view of the Little Pan Mine camping area and Cottonwood gulch.
8: Split Top Intersection (2.0mi)
If your heading to the camping area, stay straight, or turn right (north) if you like to go down a moderately steep hill towards the river crossing. Either way, you'll still be on the same trail. The hill to the right is just a shortcut to bypass the camping area.
9: Camping Area (2.2mi)
This camping spot is right next to the Agua Fria River between Cottonwood Gulch and Moore Gulch.
10: Split Bottom Intersection (2.3mi)
There's a bit of a confusing set of intersections here, but if you continue to the left (north) you head to the river crossing. The camping area is behind you, and a right takes you up a moderately steep hill towards the south. Either way, you'll still be on the same trail, so it's just a matter of which end of the trail you want to reach.
11: River Crossing (2.4mi)
This shallow river (except during heavy rain) must be crossed if you want to reach the northern end of BLM 9998 Trail, to connect to the BLM 9999 Trail; which accesses may other great off-road trails.
To access this area, you will very likely cross State Trust Land, which requires a permit.
Camping and Lodging
Table Mesa Recreation Area includes primitive dispersed camping and staging spots throughout. The Little Pan Mine Staging Area also has vault toilets. For more details see the BLM's web page.
You can also find plenty of hotel choices half-an-hour to the south in the northern Phoenix area. There's also the Mountain Breeze Motel within Black Canyon City.
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Offroaded on 03-04-2016
Conditions: Partially Cloudy
Low Temperature: 65° F
High Temperature: 78° F
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.