New River, Arizona (Maricopa) Technical Rating: 2-3
Last Updated: 06-06-2016
Black Canyon City
Upper Terminator TV3 , Lower Terminator TV2, Table Mesa Area, Old Black Canyon Highway, Table Mesa Road - West, TMRA 9994, Indian Fort, Table Mesa Recreation area, Arizona, Little Grand Canyon
BLM / Table Mesa Recreation Area
TMRA 9991 Highlights
While not offering much in the way of technical difficulty this trail provides a very nice scenic view of the Sonoran Desert landscape that covers most of southwestern Arizona. For how easily accessible it is, it's amazing how it allows you to see a vast area of untouched desert landscape.
This short road won't take long to drive the length of it, but you'll want to plan some extra time to take in the scenery.
Technical rating: (2-3) 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
You can reach this trail from within Table Mesa Recreation Area ( http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1469-table-mesa-recreation-area ) off trail 9999 just north of where it intersects with Little Pan Mine Road. From that intersection, heading north, stay to the right and in about one quarter of a mile and you'll see the trail on your left.
The other end of the trail can be found off Little Pan Mine Rd. ( http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1573-little-pan-mine-road ) a few hundred feet south of the entrance to the Little Pan Staging area.
The is an easy, yet also very scenic side trail you can take if you don't like how smooth and less scenic the southern portion of Little Pan Mine Road is. It also provides access to an ATV only trail, and a nice viewpoint of the desert landscape.
1: 9999 Intersection (0.0mi)
Heading north on TMRA 9999 trail you find the 9991 trail on your left about a quarter mile from the Little Pan Mine Rd. intersection. The most challenging part of this trail is the rutted hill that starts from this trailhead heading west. This hill can be seen in the trail video.
The 9991 off-road trail also heads east from here, but is designated for vehicles 60" or narrower.
2: Viewpoint (0.2mi)
To the side of the main trail, you'll find a raised parking spot that gives you an excellent view of the desert valley.
3: 9990 Intersection (0.4mi)
About half way through the trail is an intersection that heads north. This northern trail is for ATV's only. Also note that due to the ATV traffic in the area, and the lack of any hills to block trajectories, no shooting is allowed along this trail.
4: Little Pan Mine Rd Intersection (0.8mi)
This "Y" shaped intersection can be easily missed if heading north on Little Pan Mine Rd., so caution should be taken to make sure there is no on-coming traffic as you merge onto Little Pan Mine Rd. The main staging area for Table Mesa Recreation Area is also just to the north.
Camping and Lodging
There are plenty of primitive camping areas within the Table Mesa Recreation Area. For more details see the BLM's web page:
You can also find plenty of hotel choices half-an-hour to the south in the Northern Phoenix area. There's also the Mountain Breeze Motel within Black Canyon City.