Rocker Panel Pass

Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.02 miles
Highest Elevation: 2708 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Fountain Hills
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fountain Hills
Official Road Name: 160
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa Ranger District


Highlight: Rocker Panel Pass
Rocker Panel Pass is a difficult rock crawling trail within the Tonto National Forest. Drivers will experience the best scenery this area has to offer with views of Mt. Ord, the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, Sycamore Creek, Weaver's Needle, and the Superstition Wilderness Area. The earlier sections of the trail offer a reprieve in the summer months where the water is cool and the shade is plentiful. A big portion of the areas flora can also be found here including paloverde and mesquite trees, saguaro cactus, teddy bear cholla cactus, prickly pear cactus, ocotillo shrub, brittle bush, and the jojoba bush. The trail has a numerous large boulders and rock ledges that require a modified vehicle and a good spotter.


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1. Trailhead ( mi)
The trail head starts on the dirt after leaving highway 87 headed west on FR 160 after mile marker 207.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Fountain Hills, Highway 87

The trailhead is located approximately 22 miles north east of Fountain Hills, Arizona on highway 87 and can be found at mile marker 207. Cross the bridge over Mesquite wash and turn left in the turn lane, cross over highway 87, and head west onto FS 160. Please take care crossing highway 87 as southbound traffic is travelling downhill and at a high rate of speed. The Mesquite staging area is located approximately 500 ft. south of the trailhead and is the perfect place to disconnect sway bars, air down your tires, and prepare for the trail.


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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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