Upper Woodpecker to Ajax Mine

Total Miles
17.1

Elevation

1138.09 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

spring, summer, fall, winter

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Trail Overview

This trail follows the difficult wash known as Upper Woodpecker. At the eastern end of the wash, the trail climbs up a narrow winding trail to join Ajax Mine Road. The wash is very difficult, lockers and 33 inch or larger tires are recommended. The trail following the wash is intermediate and does not require lockers but would still be advisable at a few points. If you take the route to Ajax Mine and beyond going eastbound it gets very narrow and some of the switchbacks and turns may require vehicles to make a three-point turn. The loop takes you to the highest mountain top where you can see Florence and all of the way south to Apache Junction.

Difficulty

Advanced

Technical Rating

7

Access Description

Enter in through Highway 79 and Cottonwood Canyon road, sometimes call Box canyon north. The staging area is often referred to as the flagpole due to the flagpole there.