Maggie Mine Road

Black Canyon City, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 08/21/2019
4 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Maggie Mine Road
With more curves than a 1940s era pinup queen, Maggie Mine Road snakes upwards into the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains. Along the way, it passes its namesake, the Maggie Mine, a small gold operation first prospected in the 1870s. Today it sits on private land and is not open to visitors. The rutted and rocky trail skirts gardens of prickly pear with their red fruits and the very thorny silver cholla. Forests of stately saguaros stand like so many sentinels, always on watch over their desert. To the west, the handsome Bradshaw Mountains dominate the jagged horizon. Glance east now and then and you will see traffic on the interstate. Smile. They aren't having as much fun as you.

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Technical Rating

( EASY - MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Pavement turns to dirt and the fun begins. There's a small pullout on the left side if you want to air down.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Black Canyon City

Take Exit 244 off Interstate 17. Go west. Look just south for the intersection of Maggie Mine Road and Black Canyon Highway. Turn west on Maggie Mine Road and follow the pavement 1.4 miles to dirt and the trailhead.

Camping

Dispersed

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Writer Information

Wade May


Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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