TMRA Pipeline Trail

Black Canyon City, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 04/17/2019
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Partially Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.44 miles
Highest Elevation: 2040 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Black Canyon City
Nearest Town w/ Services: New River
Official Road Name: 9992, 9993
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Table Mesa Recreation Area


Highlight: TMRA Pipeline Trail
Officially known as El Paso Gas Pipeline Rd., this off-road trail goes north to south through the eastern portion of Table Mesa Recreation Area. The trail is also a route for the El Paso Gas Pipeline and fiber cables that are also buried along the route. This is a great trail for overland adventures but also has some challenging obstacles along the way. If you are ever in the Table Mesa Recreation Area and don't want to head too far north to find more technical trails, you'll want to check this one out.


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1. Pipeline & Moores Gulch Rd. (0.4 mi)
At this intersection, you'll turn south onto Pipeline Trail. Moores Gulch Rd. continues east to an underpass with I-17 and then the northern portion of Pipeline trail. If your heading north on Pipeline make a left onto Moores Gulch to head towards TMRA 9999 Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Table Mesa Recreation Area

To enter from the north, from within the Table Mesa Recreation Area, connect from BLM 9999 Trail via Moores Gulch Rd. This will also allow you to connect with the northern portion of Pipeline Trail. You can also enter from the south off BLM 9999 Trail via BLM 9993 trail. From 9993 south the Pipeline Trail is closed - due to irresponsible users - until you get south of the mine. See the Access Issues below for more details.



Land Use Issues

This Trail is now partially closed for a couple of reasons. In talking with a BLM ranger, he told me that they were having problems with people shooting off the tops of the pressure relief valves along the trail, as well as shooting towards the I-17 freeway. This led the part of the trail being closed where there are relief values near Table Mesa Road. This is poorly marked with a small shot-up sign just south of the 9993 intersections and blocked along Table Mesa Road with boulders that ATV driver like to go around. The section on State Trust Land near the mining operation - southwest of Table Mesa Road - is also closed due to the mine expanding; which is unfortunate as there is a very fun hill climb in that area, as well as Chalk Hill. This has also resulted in Raw Deal being closed. For more details about what trails are officially open on BLM land in the Table Mesa Recreation Area, check the PDF linked to below.

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S.J. Hollist

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Florida

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