Frontside

Total Miles
32.1

Elevation

663.73 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This is a Jeep trail that runs along the "frontside " of the New Water Mountain Mountains and the New Water Mountain Wilderness. There are three spurs that lead toward the mountains. I recommend you start at the east end because this saves the best for last. Most of the trail is rated 4, but the very end of spur #3 is a solid 6. The main trail east of spur 3 is rather mundane, but the westerly portion has a bit more character. Twin Peaks is visible for much of the western section. Spur #1 is a wash road leading to petroglyphs just inside the Wilderness boundary. They are much simpler than typical petroglyphs and are all on small boulders instead of big walls. Spur #2 offers a view of Gunsight Notch. Spur #3 into an old mining area is definitely the high point of the trip, pun intended. I do not know the name of this old mine. Head up into a beautiful wash until you come to a basin where the track forks. This is the spot where the trail becomes a solid 6. Take the right fork and you will reach a narrow shelf road that makes you wonder what is around the corner. After you get your breath back and continue on you will see a beautiful display of chrysocolla. Drive to the end of the spur for a fantastic viewpoint of Eagle's Eye and the open desert you just drove through.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Technical Rating

6