Telegraph Canyon Road

Superior, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 06/23/2021
4.2 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 9 miles
Highest Elevation: 3709 feet
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Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Superior
Nearest Town w/ Services: Superior
Official Road Name: 230, 4
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Tucson District
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Highlights

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 (http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/). Visit the Superior, Arizona Chamber of Commerce (http://www.superiorazchamber.net/) for things to see and do in the area including festivals and home tours.

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Waypoints

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: http://www.tontorecreationalliance.org/

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.260432, -111.118670
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.

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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.

Trail Reviews (8)

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Status: Impassable
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Tried this trail today starting on the East side from Hwy 177. The recent heavy rain has caused the front part of the trail to have 4-5 foot deep ruts that are parallel to the trail and not passable until a dozer comes in to level it out.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Due to extremely high fire danger, exceptional drought conditions, resource availability, and increased fire activity, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Arizona State Land Department will implement closures to State Trust Land throughout Arizona. These closures are also in conjunction with our USFS partners. As of 8am on June 25, 2021, closures will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in all 15 counties. All state-owned and managed lands are closed to entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited year-round. AZ State Land Closures Notice
Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
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There is currently a large forest fire burning in the area. The Telegraph Fire has consumed 41,000 acres as of 6/07/2021. It is burning the area around Telegraph Mountain and approaching the town of Superior. Hwy. 60 and 177 have been closed, so this route will be closed for some time. Link to incident report https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7512/
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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Beautiful trail along the backside of Picket Post Mountain. Ran the trail with a small group of newbie Jeepers on 3 Feb. With some spotting and guidance, the entire group made it with no problems ... one owner was driving an OEM 2 door JK Sahara. Came back with my wife (she missed the first run) and another experienced off road driver to run the trail today. Loved the vistas and the views. Ran one of the side trail loops to add a little difficulty.
Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Scenic trail leading into Ajax Mine, we ran into a few groups out there who were also enjoying the scenery and having a blast. Ajax Mine is a cool short stop to check out as well. Overall fun trail expect to be out there about 3-5 hours depending on which route you take out.
Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Ran Telegraph Canyon in late March with two other FJ's. Trail is in great shape. There are some boulders that have been uncovered from plenty of water from rains in the past. Trail is still pretty easy and can be done with stock vehicle with good ground clearance. Only ran into a few side by sides on the trail, mostly because we ran it on a Friday to avoid the weekend crowds. Weather really cooperated for us on this late day in March. The mine was in decent shape still, but vandals are always contributing to it's decaying nature. Be sure and hit this trail with all of it's great scenery and awesome views from October through April, as it gets really hot during the rest of the year upon this desert trail.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trailsoffroad hosted an event through Meetup.com to run from Florence to Superior, all off road. It was a large group but mother nature and the terrain cooperated, making for another great time on this beautiful trail. The recent rains helped add some greenery to the desert and provided some water crossing starting way back at Box Canyon. There were a couple wash outs along the route but the worst one at waypoint 5 has been recently repaired and marked with posts. This area is wonderful because it has very little traffic compared to others in the Phoenix area.
Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a beautiful day to hit the trails in the Arizona desert near Superior, Arizona. Telegraph Canyon Road, or FS 4 has largely remained unchanged since the original write up in January of 2016. At 10.5 miles long, the trail offers a brilliant escape to get out for some adventure. Not a terribly difficult trail, Telegraph Canyon Road can be completed with a good high clearance 4x4 and an adventurous spirit. Recent trail repair work has been done by the [Tonto Recreation Alliance](http://www.tontorecreationalliance.org/) at waypoint 5 to fill in a worsening washed out section of the trail. Being a popular trail, Telegraph Canyon Road is enjoyed by many other OHV enthusiasts so please be respectful and [Tread Lightly](https://www.treadlightly.org/).

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Mapping Crew - Arizona

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