Continental Copper Access

San Manuel, Arizona (Pima County)

Last Updated: 09/20/2020
4 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Continental Copper Access
If wonderful scenery, traveling through saguaro forests, and rollercoaster-like offroad driving is your thing, this is definitely the ride for you. This road starts about 2/3 of the way up the mountainside, beginning at the Mount Lemmon Control Road trail then descends almost entirely to the San Pedro River below. On the way down you'll be treated to a spectacular view of the green riparian area (If in season) and the stunning Galiuro Mountains beyond. There are a few dispersed campsites to enjoy up at the cooler elevations. This backcountry road also makes an excellent loop from the Mount Lemmon Control Road Trail along the San Pedro River bottom to the end of the Redington Pass Trail. You can make a delicious all day loop from the valley floor in Tucson, up and over the Catalina Highway Scenic Road to the Backway Mount Lemmon Control road-4450-Redington Pass trail.


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1. 4450 Trail Start at Mount Lemmon Control Road (0 mi)
This is the trail start at the intersection of the Mount Lemmon Control road. You will see the 4450 trail marker to the right. The trail descends quickly down into a small valley. Look for the old riveted water pipe in the middle of the road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: San Manuel, Arizona

From the Mount Lemmon Control Road Trail. Just beyond the "Limited Maintenance" sign at Waypoint 11. Head north from the Catalina Highway and travel down the Mount Lemmon Control road for approximately 9 miles until you pass several switchbacks and the "Limited Maintenance" sign. The trail will be on your Right over a cattle guard and immediately descends into a small valley. There is a Forest Service Road marker "4450" indicating the start of the trail.



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Jim Long

Mapping Crew - Arizona

I moved to Arizona in 1984 and bought my first offroad vehicle the next year. I had lots of adventures, seeking out the Old West on paper topo maps in my Toyota FJ40 and can say, fortunately, that I never had to walk home. In 2005 I saw the prototype for the FJ Cruiser, and in the middle of my FJ40 resto project, someone came into my garage with cash and bought it out from under me. (Some regrets) In 2008, I flew out to LA to pick up my FJ Cruiser, special ordered with the Offroad Package (Locker) and MT6. My area of operations has been Southern Arizona, from the New Mexico to California borders. Unfortunately, the FJ Cruiser burned in a fire in August 2020. Now I'm building up from the ashes, literally, salvaged parts from the FJ are going on my Lexus GX470. SO, that's what's coming out next. I have been an active member of where I'm the top post contributor, and have many trail reviews posted there that I plan on enhancing, revisiting and documenting for this authoritative source. I have a login to Ih8Mud and fjcruiserforums but don't lurk there very much. in my career, I've had the pleasure of traveling in Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia but never had the opportunity to wheel there. (bucket list). But, I hope my 30 years of Southern Arizona discovery, teaching and leading people into the backcountry will finally benefit a wider audience here on Trailsoffroad. There's nothing I enjoy more than finding a historic site, a little-used trail that had significance or the opportunity to take that one photo that defines what we do. (I stink but I'm willing to learn). Oh..Added benefit...I'm the GIS analyst for a fire dept and as such have some skills in ArcGIS.
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