Gray Eagle Mine Trail

Parker Arizona Off-Road Trails

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This is a short, winding trail that travels through the very rugged terrain of Billy Mack Mountain. It offers good views of the area and is an easy, undulating trail suitable for all stock vehicles. The trail starts and finishes from the graded Nellie Mine Road. The eastern entrance to the trail is easier to find as it has a small marker post at the junction. The western entrance is unmarked. Much of the trail travels in a narrow, gravelly, smooth wash. Part of the time it runs in a narrow canyon with palo verde trees growing up the sides. There are a few rocky sections, but the formed trail is generally easygoing, if a bit rough in places. This is an easier trail than Red Mountain Trail but runs through similar scenery. Special Attractions: Gray Eagle Mine; Rugged, remote trail through the spectacular Buckskin Mountains; Rockhounding in old mine sites. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (APC Enterprises LLC)

This is a short, winding trail that travels through the very rugged terrain of Billy Mack Mountain. It offers good views of the area and is an easy, undulating trail suitable for all stock vehicles. The trail starts and finishes from the graded Nellie Mine Road. The eastern entrance to the trail is easier to find as it has a small marker post at the junction. The western entrance is unmarked. Much of the trail travels in a narrow, gravelly, smooth wash. Part of the time it runs in a narrow canyon with palo verde trees growing up the sides. There are a few rocky sections, but the formed trail is generally easygoing, if a bit rough in places. This is an easier trail than Red Mountain Trail but runs through similar scenery. Special Attractions: Gray Eagle Mine; Rugged, remote trail through the spectacular Buckskin Mountains; Rockhounding in old mine sites. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Parker
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: 900 feet
Local Maps: USGS Cross Roads, Parker; BLM Parker
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