Shunesburg Maildrop-Warrior Walk Loop

Total Miles
23.1

Elevation

1,942.31 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a full-day experience that can be adjusted to meet your available time. You will travel through cedar forests on mostly sand-covered trails with occasional rocky areas. One technical area has some slick rock, larger rocks, and ledges up to 15". It can be traversed with some care by most UTVs and ATVs, but this area can be excluded by cutting out the leftmost path to the Maildrop and going up one of the other paths. The Maildrop does include a 3/4 mile hike down a sandy wash with some ups and downs. Plan at least an hour to complete the hike. For Warrior Walk, please respect the site, stay on the trail, and look and enjoy. Near the turn for the Maildrop, there is a grove of large trees just to the south that makes a great lunch spot. There is also a slick rock knob near the grove that is fun to try some climbing. There is so much to see and do on this track that it is easy to lose track of time.

Photos of Shunesburg Maildrop-Warrior Walk Loop

Shunesburg Maildrop-Warrior Walk Loop
Shunesburg Maildrop-Warrior Walk Loop
Shunesburg Maildrop-Warrior Walk Loop

Difficulty

This trail is rated a 5 only because of the technical area approximately 3 miles south of Maildrop on the left portion of the loop. This area is approximately 3/4 mile in length. The entire remainder of the track is a 2 with lots of sandy trails and tracks with an occasional small rocky area or ledge. The trail is generally used by ATV/UTVs. A smaller 4X4 could make the path but would probably come home with some extra scratches.

History

Both the Shunesburg Maildrop and Warrior Walk have rich history. Originally, the Wiggle Trail was used by the mail carrier to go from the Mail Drop area down to Shunesburg where the settlers would meet him. Because that trail was so dangerous for the mail carrier, they built a cable system that the mail carrier used to lower the mail over the cliff at the head of Shunescreek to the settlers. Not much confirmed information is known about the Indian Warrior Walkway. One theory is that it was used for ceremonial purposes when a young man goes through the rites of passage to become a warrior. The area is strewn with odd stones that make up the trail boundary. Large boulders are strewn all around the slick-rock basin.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Niels S
Oct 13, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dan B
May 11, 2023
SxS
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

The Elephant Cove Trailhead is located approximately 3 miles south of the entrance to the Coral Pink Sand Dune State Park on Highway 43. This is the only trailhead in the area with a restroom facility. It is approximately 30 minutes from Kanab and 25 minutes from Colorado City, AZ.

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