This is one of my favorite trails to run. It has some great views and very cool rocks. It has some fun challenging options as well as nice rock crawling. It is a real fun trail to run at night with the stars and a little bit cooler weather mid summer and total peace and quite. It has sandy washes, ledges, water, rock, rocks and more rocks all in the middle of the desert!!
From Phoenix, travel north on Interstate 17. Take Exit 236 and turn west. Turn north on the frontage road which leads into the Recreation Area. There are lots of trails in this area. The Little Pan Staging Area has restrooms and is a good base to go out and run a trail and come back. Some of these trails in the Table Mesa Recreation Area require a State Trust Land Permit. It is suggested you obtain one 1st to ensure you are covered. From here you will continue northwest on road 9999 back into the desert. You'll go over a few hills and cross a small water crossing. The depth varies throughout the year. You'll come up to an intersection just after the water crossing and you want to go left to stay on 9999. The road will turn west then back north/northwest. You will pass the start to Lower Terminator TV2 at the bottom of one of the hills in a wash. Continue on 9999 and the trail head will be on the right a little way further back.
Land Use Issues
State Trust Land Permits are required in some of the areas. It is best to obtain a permit yearly to ensure you are covered.
4 of us ran this trail today on what we called our Ain’t Skeered Anti Covid-19 trail run. The river crossings were deep and flowing. But we forged both of them with no problems. I have ran this trail 3 times now and it has undoubtably changed, for the better. All of the water that has ran through here over the last two years has filled in gaps possibly even widen certain places either way it’s not a trail to take lightly and if you’re not paying attention I will leave you with a pretty severe body damage and or flat tires. If you have a rig with a minimum 4 inch lift and at least one locking device and 35 inch tires you should be just fine providing you go with another rig we had water flowing on the trail which made things interesting on a couple of obstacles but we prevailed without incident.
Yesterday was an awesome day on the trail for a nice technical trail. Upper Terminator is a beautiful trail because you can make it as easy or as tough as your like. One of the vehicles in the group was driven by a rather new driver to the off road world and she had a blast. She was also driving a vehicle that had 2 open differentials. The trail conditions were perfect. It is obvious that the trail has had some heavy rain in the monsoon season as areas have been filled in with gravel. This trail is not to be taken likely though. Upper Terminator is a body grabber and a tire getter.
We ended up running this trail at night so there is no pictures. The trail was pretty wet. All the rain has changed it a lot. It seamed pretty tame. All the deep dug out rocks have been filled in with sand. Lower was great so check that out too when you are there. The water crossing to get to the real was pretty deep. It went over a 37" tire on the flowing side.
Trails were good and slippery. The river crossing heading to the trail was 35" deep so roll through slow. There was a rzr hydro locked in the water. On the trails the rain has moved some stuff around and everything was sandy and wet. It was a great day. Only us on the trails
I am a 4 wheeling enthusiast. My favorite type of wheeling would be Overlanding. I love to start in one town and end in another. Nothing beats cresting a ridge and there is only terrain for as far as you can see and that feeling of knowing your headed through there. I also love to test my vehicles limits and my abilities. It is also very important to me to be self sufficient and know my rigs weaknesses and be prepared for them. I drive it to the trails so I am cautious when wheeling and not heavy on the throttle. I'm am usually right in there if someone breaks as I love to solve problems and I'm handy with a wrench.