Greasy Spoon

Cottonwood, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 02/26/2018
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 5-6
Length: 6.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 4460 feet
Duration: About 2 hours 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Cottonwood
Nearest Town w/ Services: Sedona
Official Road Name: 9513, 152A
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Red Rock District
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Highlight: Greasy Spoon

Hidden back in the northwestern part of Verde Valley among the beautiful red rocks and bordered on the north by the Mogollon Rim is a pipeline with a trail running next to it. This isn't just any old trail, this is an exciting - although slow speed - roller coaster ride for four-wheel drive vehicles. While many refer to it as Pipeline Trail because of the adjacent pipes on its east-to-west section, other refer to it by the Diamondback Gulch it runs through; however, it is most commonly known by the Greasy Spoon Tank adjacent to its north-to-south section. You'll find many fun challenges along this trail, from small ledges to large rocks, and small washes to massively deep ones. There are also a few long steep hills with large rocks along the way, and of course, it's all covered in the red dirt and rocks that make the Red Rock District within Coconino National Forest so famous.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (5-6)

Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.

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Most of the off-road trail is a moderately easy dirt road with some small ledges and washes and the occasional moderate obstacle at the beginning. Once you get passed the Greasy Spoon Tank next to the cow troth, it soon gets much more challenging. Towards the middle of the southern east-to-west section of the trail you'll run into this trails other namesake: Diamondback Gulch. This part of the trail has multiple canyons that you'll descend into and then climb out of like a roller coaster. These hills are steep with large rocks that can be very challenging to stock 4x4 vehicles. A lift and over-sized tires are recommended, and some form of traction control may be useful in a few spots. Towards the south-west you'll run alongside a Pipeline, which this trail is also sometimes refereed to as.
You can encounter two way traffic on this trail, which can be problematic in some of the more difficult climbs as site distance will be limited. You're very likely to encounter tour jeeps heading through the area, but they typically head from the north-east to the south-west.

Seasonal Information

Spring:The trail may be wet from occasional rain.
Summer:Trail is usually dry and dusy.
Fall:The trail may be muddy from heavy monsoon rains.
Winter:The trail may be be wet, with the possabilty of occational light snow.


1. FR 152C Intersection

This is the northern trailhead for Greasy Spoon off-road trail.

2. 9594 Intersection (0.4 mi)

Stay to the left (east) through this intersection to continue towards the Greasy Spoon Tank.

3. Northeast Washes (2 mi)

There's a bunch of small washes through this area, but some still big enough to get stuck in, if you're not paying attention. The washes only get bigger as you travel further south.

4. Greasy Spoon Tank (2.9 mi)

To the east of the trail is Greasy Spoon Tank and the remnants of a cattle ranch. The tank isn't easy to see and may be dried up at times.

5. Gate (3.2 mi)

You can only turn west or north here, depending on which way you are taking the trail. This gate prevents you from entering the fenced off area that was once an old "Jeep Trail" to the east.

6. Canyons to West (3.8 mi)

As you continue west from here, you'll be entering a section of very deep washes or small canyons. This is the most difficult part of the trail.

7. Big Wash (4.2 mi)

This is the largest and deepest wash along the way and is also known as Diamandback Gulch. The hills on both sides are steep and long with moderate steps and large rocks.

8. Top of Long Hill (4.4 mi)

This is the top of a long hill you'll have to climb or descend into a very deep canyon.

9. 9576 Intersection (4.5 mi)

Continue straight past these old trails that are no longer on the forest service's Motorized Vehicle Usage Map; meaning they are technically closed. Besides, they don't really lead to anything.

10. South Washes (4.7 mi)

There's a series of goodsized washes in this area for you to enjoy. This is also near the west end of the rollercoaster of canyons and washes.

11. Jackass Fire Pit (5.1 mi)

While overnight camping is not allowed along this trail, you can still have a fire in this fire pit. You can also find Jackass Tank just to the north of the trail.

12. 9575 Intersection (5.4 mi)

Continue straight through the fence avoiding the cattle guard. Here you'll find some more old trails that lead to nothing too interesting.

13. 525 and 9513 Intersection (6.1 mi)

This is the southern trailhead for Greasy Spoon.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.886043, -111.893244

Starting Point: Sedona, Arizona, Highway 89A and 179.

Head west on Highway 89A, turn right / north onto FR 152 / Dry Creek Road. Head north for almost 3 miles until you come to a T-intersection. Turn left / west and continue straight for about 4.5 miles to another T-intersection. Turn left / west again and continue straight on the dirt road for about 7.6 miles passing all side-roads until you reach FR 152A. Turn left / south onto the trail. You can also take the trail backward by going north on FR 525 / Loy Butte Road to a Y-intersection 2.8 miles north of 89A. Stay to the right/east and the southern trailhead will be just down the road on the right.


There's no overnight camping allowed along the trail, but the adjacent 525C has a good number of primitive, dispersed camping sites along it. You can also venture into Sedona ( or Cottonwood for hotels and resorts. Coconino National Forest also offers a large variety of camping options (
Camping: Greasy Spoon

Writer Information

S.J. Hollist

Mapping Crew - Arizona
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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is this the same trail as Diamondback Gulch?
–Hawk Miller (11/17/2016)
A: Diamandback Gulch is the name of the biggest canyon along Greasy Spoon Trail. Some of the tour guide companies use this name as well when referring to a particular tour that includes Greasy Spoon among other things.
–S.J. Hollist (11/19/2016)

Trail Reviews (1)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Clear trail with lots of work being done to keep it clean. Brush and debris spread in off limits area, so the Forest Service will let it stay open. Passed about 6 Pink Jeeps going the opposite direction.