Woodpecker Trail, Ajax Mine

Total Miles


1108.13 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a local hard-core favorite. Because of its difficulty, it's recommended to have one or two other vehicles and always bring water. You'll follow a rocky creek bottom with some washed out sections. There are a few scenic spots, but most of the time you'll have your eyes on the trail.


Difficult: Trail follows rocky creek bed with large boulders and narrow passages. Most difficult obstacles have bypasses. Lockers, skid plates and oversized tires a must. It's a good idea to carry extra parts.


At one time, the Woodpecker Mine was in danger of being closed. The Arizona State 4-Wheel-Drive Association purchased the mine to ensure the trail's access. Respect the area by staying on this route and packing out your trash.

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Access Description

Take Hwy. 60 east from Apache Junction about 16 miles and turn right on Mineral Mountain Road just before mile marker 216. Head south on Mineral Mountain Road. Continue straight at 4.4 miles where Reymert Road joins on right, then bear right at 4.7 where Trail #59 goes left. Continue straight at 6.3 miles, where Cottonwood Canyon Road goes right. Drop downhill and swing left in wide, sandy wash. Entrance to trail is on left at 6.6 miles.