Battleaxe Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trail provides a longer, slightly easier route to view the Cochran Coke Ovens and can be combined with the shorter, very difficult Cochran Coke Ovens Trail to form a loop. This trail is more suitable for longer vehicles or ones with side steps or low-hanging brush bars than the very difficult-rated trail. In its own right, it provides spectacular views of desert ranges and canyon scenery, and there are many challenging sections to add driving interest along the way.
Special Attractions: Remote, less-traveled entrance to the main El Camino del Diablo route; Western end of historic immigrant trail; Tinajas Altas Pass; Access to a network of 4WD trails. 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."