McPherson Pass Trail

Quartzsite, Arizona

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The road to the start of the trail is well used, as many people take it to visit the Castle Dome Mines Museum, which is located on the site of the historic Castle Dome Mine, now on private property. The museum is well worth a visit. You can view the interesting and historic mining relics that the owners have collected, primarily from the Castle Dome Mines but also from other mines in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge management has been removing mining equipment from some of the mines in order to retain the wilderness feel of the landscape. Much of the equipment has been relocated to the museum. There is a small entrance fee to the museum, which is housed in the old mining company headquarters building. Special Attractions: Cabins and remains of Big Eye Mine; Colorado Mine and graves; Scenic desert trail within the remote Castle Dome Mountains; Wildlife-viewing opportunities. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

The road to the start of the trail is well used, as many people take it to visit the Castle Dome Mines Museum, which is located on the site of the historic Castle Dome Mine, now on private property. The museum is well worth a visit. You can view the interesting and historic mining relics that the owners have collected, primarily from the Castle Dome Mines but also from other mines in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge management has been removing mining equipment from some of the mines in order to retain the wilderness feel of the landscape. Much of the equipment has been relocated to the museum. There is a small entrance fee to the museum, which is housed in the old mining company headquarters building.

Special Attractions: Cabins and remains of Big Eye Mine; Colorado Mine and graves; Scenic desert trail within the remote Castle Dome Mountains; Wildlife-viewing opportunities. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 15.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Castle Dome Peak, Arch Tank, Trigo Mts.; BLM Trigo Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to McPherson Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/19/2007
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Yesterday this became my inadvertant "long way home." I was aware of it's location and condition from a deer hunt 12 years ago. That time we traveled it going North. This time I was leaving the Hidden Valley Hills area and got the "oooo what's that attack." My unproven 1990 Bronco made the trip uneventful. Have at least a pick-up with good tires. 4X4 was never used. Might need it going north at a ledge that has a stone ramp built against it. In the pass itself as I remember. Fun twisty wash crossings, minor shelf sections and lots of fun. Download the trail info to see the stuff I zoomed by.... Two caveats: Your paint WILL be scratched (Arizona Pinstripes all 4X4ers have 'em) and your beer WILL be shaken, open carefully....;-)



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