Nestled in the heart of the popular Table Mesa Recreation Area, this short and straightforward trail passes through a prototypical Sonoran Desert landscape with one delightful surprise. An unnamed spring along a small wash creates a lush garden in the dusty desert. The green leaves of white-barked sycamore trees shimmer in the breeze. Not native to this area, a massive palm tree stands as a lonely sentinel over the grassy campsites below.
The surprising oasis literally begs you to picnic here or even pitch a tent and stay for the night under a starry sky.
This short trail can easily be combined with nearby tracks others to create an interesting loop. There are lots to see in the Sonoran Desert, so take your time and do some exploring in the Table Mesa Recreation Area.
From Phoenix proceed north on I-17 to Exit 236. On the west side of the exit proceed north 1.7 miles on Table Mesa Road - West to Waypoint 3, a Y intersection. Take the right fork at the intersection, which is AZCO Mine Road and proceed north .6 miles to Waypoint 3 and turn left onto Little Pan Mine Road. Proceed on Little Pan Mine Road .8 miles to Wapoint 2 and the trailhead on your left.
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.