Telegraph Canyon Road

Superior, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 01/08/2022
4.3 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Telegraph Canyon Road
The Telegraph Canyon Road trail is an nice day ride offering mild challenges along the way. The trail begins near the town of Superior, Arizona which has a rich mining history and is the starting point for many adventures. Winding gradually to the Southwest the trail offers magnificent views of the surrounding area including: Picketpost Mountain, the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Fourpeaks and Superstition Wilderness areas, Weaver's Needle, and Apache Leap. The trail intersects with The Arizona Trail and ends at the Ajax Mine with nearby mining structures visable to the South. Another point of interest near the town of Superior, Arizona is The Boyce Thompson Arboretum ( Visit the Superior, Arizona Chamber of Commerce ( for things to see and do in the area including festivals and home tours.


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1. Trailhead ( mi)
The trailhead is located at the Y in the road where Forest service road (FS) 4 departs from FS 230 to the right. This is a good spot to air down the tires. In the background can be seen Picketpost Mountain which is a popular spot for hikers. It is also rumored to have a mailbox posted on the top of the mountain for guests to sign in after completing the hike to the top. There are several forest service markers for FS 4 along the trail. In Photo 2 can be seen the carsonite sign with the "TRAL" logo on it. TRAL, or the Tonto Recreation Alliance is a volunteer organization within the Tonto National Forest. This group of volunteers works to help inventory, sign, and maintain trails within the forest to help keep them open for all to enjoy. You can find out more information here:

Directions to Trailhead

The Telegraph Canyon trailhead can be found by traveling 1 mile East of the Superior Municipal Airport to Mary Drive, turn right (South). Follow Mary Drive South to the intersection with North Telegraph Canyon Road (FS230), turn right at the Superior Fire Department. Follow North Telegraph Canyon Road South approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead.



Land Use Issues

The beginning part of the trail crosses private property and the mining company who owns the property has an agreement with the Tonto National Forest to have a visitors path across the property. This arrangement is tenuous at best and it is critical that visitors follow the trail and DO NOT stray from the trail. The future of this trail may include a re-route but for now it's open. Please follow the trail. Updates will come as they become available.

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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