Big Maggie May Trail

New River, Arizona

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4 Reviews
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This spectacular winding trail offers many moderately steep hill climbs and descents as it winds along the ridge tops within the Tonto National Forest. After 0.8 miles the trail drops in standard to become a small, well-used, formed trail and it follows alongside Big Maggie May Creek, climbing to the ridge tops above it. There are views back to Cramm Mountain and down into the wash. Special Attractions: Extremely pretty, moderately rated trail through classic desert scenery; Views of New River Mesa and the New River; Interesting old line cabin. 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.

Big Maggie May Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This spectacular winding trail offers many moderately steep hill climbs and descents as it winds along the ridge tops within the Tonto National Forest. After 0.8 miles the trail drops in standard to become a small, well-used, formed trail and it follows alongside Big Maggie May Creek, climbing to the ridge tops above it. There are views back to Cramm Mountain and down into the wash.

Special Attractions: Extremely pretty, moderately rated trail through classic desert scenery; Views of New River Mesa and the New River; Interesting old line cabin. 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."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: New River
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Several options
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,200 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Humboldt Mt., New River Mesa, Theodore Roosevelt Lake (incomplete); BLM Theodore Roosevelt Lake; USFS Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Maggie May Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2013
0

Super close to Phoenix, can run out and be back fast. If you take the Mine Aft way, there is a really steep hill that you can take for a challenge, and an easy way around too. This was my first family trip in the new Jeep, we had a blast. I'd say the 4 rating is accurate, it's super easy compared to the Crown King Backway run.


8/30/2008
3

The first post is referring to Apache Trail. Someone got confused. Trust me, there are not boat trailers or RVs on Maggie May. - oh, and people aren't "taking a shortcut to the lake" when they are on Apache Trail. You may have noticed that there were two other lakes besides Roosevelt, and Apache Trail is the ONLY way to access the other two, Apache and Canyon lakes, so if you do go on Apache Trail, be prepared to share the road. Go try Maggie May and then see who is an idiot who doesn't know any better.


3/23/2008
2

The previous post cannot be referring to the Big Maggie May trail itself; which is Forest Road 468 (FR 1940 if you take the Mine Adit spur). It does cut off from FR 24, about a half mile north of the Cave Creek Campsites; that road can be handled with a sedan, but the is no way that FR 468 can. I have a Tacoma with a slight lift, and decent off road shocks, and the articulation was tricky at times. It is single lane most of the time, and after the FR 1940 turn-off it follows a narrow ridge much of the way. I scraped bottom crossing two of the semi-dry washes. It's not a bad trail, it ends at an old cabin built from timber and rock. Actually there is a livestock several hundred past the cabin, but the cabin is a good place to turn around and head back.


10/21/2007
0

This is a real nice drive, a stock car with almost 0 ground clearance would be fine, (such as a sedan not a suv). The only problem is it is very windy, and people that dont know any better are towing boats, rv's and going way to fast through there. We had one idiot almost run himself off the cliff while we were going around a blind turn. He decided to pass us and a RV was oncoming. Once we fished at roosovelt lake for a while, we came the paved way home through globe, which is a nice drive too, not quite as scenic but much safer. Like i said, my problem wasnt the drive itself, just the people on it, trying to take a fast shortcut to the lake.



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