Glory Hole Mine Trail

Bouse, Arizona

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This short spur trail from Desert Queen Mine Trail travels 2 miles to the Glory Hole Mine, one of the more productive mines of the region. The trail’s main difficulty comes from the very narrow section of shelf road that climbs out of the wash to a saddle and descends down the far side to the mine. It is steep and has some loose sections, but it should not cause too many problems for most high-clearance 4WD vehicles. Very large SUVs and pickups may find this trail rather tight—there are some ditchy gullies along the way that can catch a long overhang. Special Attractions: Scenic section of narrow shelf road; Short trail to the Glory Hole Mine. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.

Glory Hole Mine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This short spur trail from Desert Queen Mine Trail travels 2 miles to the Glory Hole Mine, one of the more productive mines of the region. The trail’s main difficulty comes from the very narrow section of shelf road that climbs out of the wash to a saddle and descends down the far side to the mine. It is steep and has some loose sections, but it should not cause too many problems for most high-clearance 4WD vehicles. Very large SUVs and pickups may find this trail rather tight—there are some ditchy gullies along the way that can catch a long overhang.

Special Attractions: Scenic section of narrow shelf road; Short trail to the Glory Hole Mine. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Bouse
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Local Maps: USGS Harcuvar, Salome; BLM Salome
Driving Directions: Directions to Glory Hole Mine Trail

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May 2018