This trail, within easy reach of Phoenix, is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. It passes through the two wildlife areas of Robbins Butte and Powers Butte. Leaving Arizona 85, it immediately enters into the wildlife area along a roughly graded dirt road. Initially, the trail passes along the northern edge of the Buckeye Hills, winding along the edge of the reserve toward Robbins Butte, an isolated conical outcropping. Many smaller tracks lead into the reserve. During the hunting season, these roads are heavily used, but you are unlikely to meet anyone at other times. Hunting for quail is permitted during the season with the appropriate license. To the right of the boundary fence is an area reserved for nonfirearm hunting.
Special Attractions: Seldom-used, easy trail close to Phoenix; Hiking access to North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness Area; Sonoran desert wildlife-viewing. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
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