Muddy Rocky Road
Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 2-4
Last Updated: 08-21-2016
Coconino National Forest
Muddy Rocky Road Highlights
Muddy Rocky Road is named such because it has muddy washes to the west, and is full of rocks in the middle. It's full of beautiful forest landscapes, and volcanic rockscapes. It's useful as a way to get from East Pocket Road into the deeper western portions of Coconino National Forest.
Technical rating: (2-4) Easy
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.
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Directions to Trailhead
This muddy rocky off-road trail can be reach from the much better maintained FR 231. Heading south on FR 231, you'll find FR 231B / Rocky Road on the right just before the first bridge.
This off-road trail is easily taken in almost any high clearance vehicle, but expect it to be bumpy and full of rocks in the middle section, and to cross a few muddy washes along the southwestern portion. The eastern portion is mostly made up of hilly forests.
There are a few older forest roads that branch off of this trail, but they are not on the current MVUM, so they are technically closed to motor vehicle use.
1: 231 (0.0mi)
Just north of the Casner Cabin Draw bridge, you'll find the somewhat hidden trailhead for 231B. The trees can make it hard to stop, so the best thing to look for is the bridge which also has high voltage power lines across it. It's the most northern bridge along the East Pocket Lookout Road.
2: Rocky road (1.9mi)
The mid-section of this trail is full of volcanic pumice rock, and it makes the road very bumpy but also interesting to explore.
3: Flag Tank (3.3mi)
As you descend from the higher middle portion of this off-road trail down into the southwestern portion, you'll come across Flag Tank. This low-lying area accumulates water run-off from the higher slopes along both sides. This makes the area very muddy. Even in the middle of the summer there can be a fair amount of mud along this portion of the trail for about half a mile.
4: 231A (3.8mi)
This is the southwestern end of the trail as it connects with 231A. Heading east will take you to East Pocket Lookout Road / 231 or heading west will take you towards Turkey Butte Lookout Tower.
There are a number of old spurs off this forest road, but they currently do not show up on the current Motorized Vehicle Usage Map, meaning they are no longer officially usable by motor vehicles. Please be sure to stay only on officially open forest roads.
Camping and Lodging
Camping is not allowed along this dirt trail, but there are lots of dispersed camping areas on nearby and adjacent forest roads. Most notably is the southern end of East Pocket Road along the Mogollon Rim.