Upper Woodpecker to Ajax Mine

Total Miles


1,138.09 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

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.

Photos of Upper Woodpecker to Ajax Mine

Upper Woodpecker to Ajax Mine
Upper Woodpecker to Ajax Mine
Upper Woodpecker to Ajax Mine


The wash is filled with obstacles and many options of lines and level of difficulty. The trail itself does dip into the wash at a few spots and ends going through a less difficult part of the wash. The trail is intermediate.

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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.

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