(DIFFICULT - EXTREME)
|Highest Elevation:||3593 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Superior|
|Official Road Name:||FR1900 & FR237|
|Management Agency:||Tonto National Forest|
After way-point 13 the shelf road is impassable for 4x4 vehicles. 12/30/2017 With spectacular vistas of the Superstition Mountain Range and soaring cliff walls lining the route, this should always be considered as an excellent addition to the popular Montana Mountain Loop. Adding Millsite Trail to the beginning section of the more popular loop creates a more challenging run than the typical groomed forest roads. Millsite Canyon is a little known area that will challenge stock type vehicles and reward you with rarely viewed cliffs and diverse desert vegetation. While you work your way through the dense over growth you'll witness towering saguaros clinging precariously to the rocky terrain. Located outside Superior, Arizona the entire region is a popular off road destination for many locals and club outings. Although the area is popular, this particular trail allows you to enjoy a true back country four wheeling experience. In the late 1800's the entire region was once the silver mining center for Arizona. Pinal City (now Superior) and the Silver King Mine became a popular destination for hundreds of miners and some of the old West's most memorable characters, including Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. In fact, in the area you can find the grave of Wyatt Earp's consort at the time, Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock. Though the grave isn't along this trail, it can be found along one of the many other great trails found in this region. GPS location for cemetery 33°17'17.5"N 111°08'05.1"W , south of Happy Camp Road.
Severe conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassable by stock vehicles. Winching required. Trail building necessary. May be impassable. Impassable under anything but ideal conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Personal injury possible. Extreme caution necessary.Read more about our rating system
After crossing the cattle guard, turn left to travel north along FR 1900.
Shortly after the beginning, the trail appears to travel to the right but it's only a shooting area. Continue north in the wash to the left.
Stay in the wash to the right, twice, both of the lefts lead to a dead end with a campsite at the end. It can accommodate a couple vehicles.
This is a great campsite offering a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. There is room for a couple of vehicles and tents. You will only find a rock campfire ring on site. Please remember to always pack it in and pack it out.
When you enter the rocky wash, stay left traveling north on FR1900. To the right is a dead end.
Continue traveling north on FR1900.To the left is a dead end.
Stay left on FR1900 traveling north. To the right is a dead end hill climb and not a legal route. Please respect the environment by not traveling off the designated trails.
Continue right, traveling north along FR1900. To the left is FR1935 which eventually leads to Hardt Tank Rd.
Continue left on FR1900, toward the large canyon to the north. To the right is not a legal trail.
Turn right, northeast on FR237 towards the canyon ahead. Continuing forward on FR1900 is a dead end.
This is sort of a gate keeper for the difficult section. Beyond this point is where the tight brush, big boulders and narrow ledges will be encountered. Travel through the rocky wash with some tight brushy sections being careful with soft tops, look for the stray branch sticking out!
After way-point 13 the shelf road is impassable for 4x4 vehicles. 12/30/2017 This is by far the most challenging section you'll encounter along the route. There are a few large boulders to navigate with some loose dirt mixed in as well. If not already done, disconnecting your sway bars is a good idea for this section. Please do not create stacks of rocks to aid in climbing the obstacles. If needed, please remove all remnants afterward to not diminish from the next users experience.
After climbing above the wash on the shelf road you will encounter a couple VERY narrow, loose and tippy spots. These can be carefully navigated by narrower width vehicles but would be pushing it with full width axles. Stay high to the drivers side as much as you can, without sliding down on the loose packed dirt. Smooth steady momentum is your friend in this instance but not too much speed. There are a couple of spots that a spotter will likely be needed.
Continue to the right, traveling north along the two track trail. To the left is a dead end.
You eventually come to a cattle fence that must remain closed, after which you'll encounter a steep down hill descent to the valley below. There are also deep washouts and tight turns on this steep shelf road. As always, pick your lines wisely before attempting any difficult obstacle.
Continue down the hill until you encounter a well defined forest road, FR172. Turning right will bring you to the Montana Mtn. Loop trail, Waypoint 4. Turning left uphill will bring you to the Woodbury hiking trailhead.
Trailhead Coordinates: 33.308319, -111.246664