Telegraph Canyon Road

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4.5/5 (16 reviews)
Superior, Arizona (Pinal County)
Last Updated: 01/08/2022
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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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4.5/5 (16)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran the trail from Superior to Ajax with five vehicles. There's a new route at the entrance that is about 1/4 mile south of the route shown here and it's well marked by TRAL as trail 4. The trail was definitely a bit rockier than I remember from a few years ago so I would rate it a 3-4 mandatory and remove the easy status. There's also many washout holes in corners that need special attention so you don't fall in, and they will test your confidence if you don't like off camber situations. Definitely worth the trip!
Trail Review: Telegraph Canyon Road - Bobby Rumbaugh
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I think the last review was spot on. I found it harder then many yellows but part is It has not been traveled much. It has a bit of over growth. If you are worried about pinstripes watch out. It was more then I would have liked but made it through anyway. I am in a 2019 1500 doge ram with a 6” lift and 35s. There was a couple of tight squeezes. We also went out the mine way. There are a couple tough turns but a bunch of fun. Don’t go out the mine if you are afraid of exposure.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/14/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

FS4 is a much harder than the rating as of last night. It's still a really fun trail with various opportunities to crawl and flex without getting wild. I'd say it's a 4 or 5 at this point, and this is on a Gladiator with 3.5" lift and 37s We went to the mine, and then continued out East Ajax Mine Rd to Cottonwood Canyon Rd
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Visited: 03/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail 4 at the first waypoint can no longer be used. The forest service or the mine have blocked the trail at many points with huge boulders. We were able to make through the blockages with some difficulty. But when we got to the cattle guard at waypoint 3, it was also blocked. We were able to squeeze around the blockage through the cattle gate. However, at the bottom of the hill, the trail was blocked again with large boulders. We had to temporarily remove a trail marker and squeeze around the boulders. After all that, we were back on the trail. From this point on the trail had several obstacles that the recent rains had made more difficult. I expect the forest service or mine to continue to make trail 4 more difficult to use or not usable at all. To get around this, use trail 230 up and over the hill where you can rejoin the trail.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail exceeded expectations. Scenery was great and just enough challenge to make it fun to drive. I would say it's a solid moderate trail. I ran it in my '20 Gladiator with 3" of lift and 35" tires. I did drag the tail a couple times traversing washout sections. At a minimum you'll want good offroad tires and some ground clearance. Good suspension articulation will negate the need for lockers.
Trail Review: Telegraph Canyon Road - Josh D
Trail Review: Telegraph Canyon Road - Josh D
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