New River, Arizona (Maricopa) Technical Rating: 2-4
Last Updated: 07-14-2016
Little Pan Mine Road, Little Grand Canyon
Black Canyon City
Die Hard, Upper Terminator TV3 , Lower Terminator TV2, Table Mesa Area, Table Mesa Road - West, AZCO Mine Road, TMRA 9991
BLM / Table Mesa Recreation Area
TMRA 9994 Highlights
This trail is mainly used as a connecting trail within the Table Mesa Recreation Area to get from the Little Pan Mine Staging area to the north to the camping areas and ATV trails near the south end. It's also a popular area for target shooting.
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
This off-road trail is accessible from Little Grand Canyon Trail, or from Little Pan Mine Road within the Table Mesa Recreation Area.
From Table Mesa Road on the west side of I-17 (this requires a State Trust Land Permit) head west to Little Grand Canyon Off-Road Trail which is connected to Table Mesa Road via a gravel parking area. Turn right into the parking area, and head to the north end where the 9995 trail beings. Continue north until the trail splits, then stay to the right and down into the wash.
The most technical, though not very difficult, area of the off-road trail is the wash at the southern end of the trail right next to where it connects with 9995 (Little Grand Canyon Trail). If it wasn't so short, you might consider it an overland trail.
1: Little Grand Canyon Trail Intersection (0.0mi)
When coming from 9995 / Little Grand Canyon Trail, stay to the right at this "T" in the road to connect with 9994.
2: Wash (0.1mi)
This dry river bed has a lot of smaller connecting trails intended primarily for ATV's. There are also a few areas near here where you can set up camp if you don't mind being surrounded by ATV trails.
If you come here to Target shoot, be cautious as there are restrictions on where you can shoot to avoid shooting across ATV trails to the west of this trail.
To access this area, you may have to 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