Wakefield Canyon

Total Miles
26.3

Elevation

1,459.29 ft

Duration

5.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

An easy, but scratchy, Jeep trail to an abandoned Buddhist cabin and a natural spring. Empirita Ranch is 3,000 acres owned by Pima County to protect wildlife habitat, provide sustainable cattle grazing, and slowing urban sprawl. This trail passes through the ranch, and a permit is required to unlock a gate. The other major attraction on the trail is an abandoned cabin. We do not know the history of the cabin, but the mural would suggest something to do with Buddhism.There is only one spot on the trail with any difficulty, and I did not think it rated anything higher than level 4. Much of the trail follows along high ridges, offering great views of the surrounding area.

Photos of Wakefield Canyon

Wakefield Canyon
Wakefield Canyon
Wakefield Canyon

Difficulty

Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 18", including ledges and short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Adyn Thomas
Nov 24, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Michael Albrecht
Oct 24, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Chris Turner
Jun 24, 2023
4x4
Permanently Closed
Locked Gate
Eric Messinger
May 29, 2023
Dirt Bike
Open
Rough/Deteriorated

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