Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona

Black Canyon City, Arizona (Yavapai) Technical Rating: 1-3

Last Updated: 10-14-2017

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Status: Open
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.05 Miles
Category: Desert, Ghost Town, Rock
Highest Elevation: 1,915 '
Duration: 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Go: South
Connecting Trails:
AZCO Mine RoadLittle Pan Mine Road
Nearest Town:
Black Canyon City
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Black Canyon City
Forest Service Road: # 9984/9985
Forest Service / Park District:
Bureau of Land Mangement

Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona Highlights

Highlights: Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona

The Indian Fort trail is located in one of Arizona's jewels, the Table Mesa Recreation Area. There are many connecting trails in the area which could be done along with the Indian Fort trail to make a full day of exploring in the Arizona Desert. Some of those connecting trails can be easy and scenic to hardcore rock crawling. A Table Mesa Recreation Area route map can be found here: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/az/pdfs/nepa/library/rec_mgmt_plans/table_mesa.Par.88496.File.dat/Table-Mesa-Route-Map.pdf

Technical rating: (1-3) Easy

Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

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Directions to Trailhead

The Indian Fort trailhead can accessed by traveling North on I17 from Phoenix approximately 8.4 miles North of Anthem, Arizona to exit 236. Turn West at the top of the overpass, then North onto the frontage road/Azco Mine Road (9999). Continue on 9999 until the intersection with Little Pan Mine Road (9998), turn West. Continue North West on 9998 past the Little Pan Staging and Camping area, to the intersection with Azco Mine Road (9999), turn North. Follow 9999 North West to the trailhead. Turn South on 9984 to start the trail.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

34° 1' 8.4"N
112° 10' 44.4"W

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Route Description

The Indian Fort trail is a very scenic trail which would be a nice addition to a day of wheeling in the Table Mesa Recreation Area. The trail is short and easy with a short rocky uphill ascent leading to the Indian Fort which may require 4 lo, depending on road conditions. The trail leaves Azco Mine Road on 9984 headed South with a nice view of the Agua Fria River. The trail intersects with 9985 headed North for the 2nd half of this loop trail.

1: Trailhead

Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 1: Trailhead Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 1: Trailhead Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 1: Trailhead

The trailhead is accessed by turning South from 9999 onto 9984. The carsonite sign at the trailhead marks the start of 9984.

2: Left At Y

Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 2: Left At Y Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 2: Left At Y Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 2: Left At Y

Shortly after starting the trail you come to a Y in the road. Continue straight, headed South. To the West/Right is the end of this loop. Watch for hikers as the Black Canyon Trail, a popular hiking trail follows this eastern part of 9984.

3: Right at 9995

Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 3: Right at 9995 Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 3: Right at 9995 Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 3: Right at 9995

At this point of the trail, 9984 intersects 9985. The trail continues North/right at this intersection. If you look up to the North, you can just make out the South wall of the Indian Fort.

4: Indian Fort

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There is a small pullout to the West/left of the main trail for access to the Indian Fort. After a very short hike to the West, in the North wall of the Indian Fort you will find a staircase which provides access, with only a short scramble up. From inside the fort views of the Agua Fria River below and surrounding area make this a great place to take a picture.

5: Right at Y

Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 5: Right at Y Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 5: Right at Y Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 5: Right at Y

The trail continues to the North on 9985 until a gradual bend in the road which could be confused with a Y in the road. The trail continues on the East/right.

6: Left At T

Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 6: Left At T Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 6: Left At T Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Waypoint 6: Left At T

This intersection nears the end of the trail. Here 9985 intersects with 9985, the beginning of this loop trail. Turn North/left to reach the end of the rail at 9999.

7: End

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At the end of the trail is 9999. Connecting trails can be found by turning in either direction. Turning East/right will lead back to Table Mesa Road and the I-17.

Access Issues

The local BLM office is the Hassayampa field office located at: Phoenix District 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Az 85027-2929, 623-580-5500, Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M-F.

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Camping and Lodging

Dispersed camping is available throughout the Table Mesa Recreation Area including the Little Pan Staging and Camping Area. Camping arrangements can also be made in Anthem, Arizona and Black Canyon City, Arizona.

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Chad Chaney

Hello, I'm Chad. I have spent most of my life in Arizona although I'm from Mountain Home, Idaho. I started off roading when I was 17...

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Chad Chaney
Official Crew

Offroaded on 10-14-2017

Status: Open

Conditions: Dry

Low Temperature: 64° F

High Temperature: 94° F

Trip Report: Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona Trip Report: Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona Trip Report: Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona Trip Report: Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona

For our last spot of the day, our group decided to visit the Indian Fort. This is not a tough trail at all and it is very short. In fact, you only need 4 Lo in one spot. The view from the Indian Fort is awesome. Please do not disturb anything when you visit the Indian Fort. Looking at the fort and imagining the effort taken to stack these rocks is amazing.

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