Big Maggie May Trail

Carefree, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.27 miles
Highest Elevation: 4083 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Carefree
Nearest Town w/ Services: Carefree
Official Road Name: FR 468
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa District

Highlights

Highlight: Big Maggie May Trail
The Big Maggie May Off-Road Trail is a very easy, short 4wd route worth a couple of hours of exploration to see historic mines and frontier cabin remains. The offroad trail makes an excellent short side trip for anyone following the Cave Creek to Sheep Bridge 4x4 Trail or exploring the Table Mesa Area. The Y shaped trail first takes you to an old mine tunnel extending a short distance into the mountain before reaching a flooded section. Continuing back to the fork in the road and heading the other direction will take you to the remains of an old mining cabin. The cabin previously had walls incorporating living trees but recent Cave Creek Complex fire has destroyed most of this old cabin, although it still makes a very pleasant place to camp and explore.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Big Maggie May Trailhead (0 mi)
Follow FR 24 north to the intersection with FR 468 and the beginning of the trail. FR 468 will branch off to the left and head north running parallel to FR 24 for a while.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Cave Creek Trail

This trail is an offshoot trail of the Cave Creek to Sheep Bridge trail and the road to the trailhead follows the same path on FR 24 heading north from the town of Cave Creek. From the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Pima Road, follow Cave Creek Road north as it turns into FR 24 and continue on this road heading north for 17.3 miles. Just after the Seven Springs Wash you will find the beginning of the trail, FR 468, and a sign marking the road branching off to the left.

Camping

Dispersed

Land Use Issues

There are no known access issues for the trail as described.

Trail Reviews (2)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Hi I’m looking for trails for sxs’s that have ghost towns, mining remnants etc... And also are halfway secured for parking for towing vehicles and trailers while out exploring.
–Joe Deken (02/23/2021)

Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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