Martinez Mine Trail

Superior, Arizona

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Initially, this short trail travels along an easy, smooth road that undulates through the craggy peaks of the region. There are fantastic views as the trail crests a saddle and starts to drop down toward Martinez Canyon. After 2 miles, Cochran Coke Ovens Trail leads off to the right. The main trail runs alongside Martinez Wash before dropping down farther to enter the red walls of Martinez Canyon. The trail in the canyon is narrow and lumpy, with several tight corners and boulders to negotiate, but the standard is moderate throughout. Special Attractions: Challenging trail within the capability of most stock vehicles; Well-preserved, historic Cochran Coke Ovens; Panoramic scenery over Martinez Canyon and the Gila River. 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.

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"Initially, this short trail travels along an easy, smooth road that undulates through the craggy peaks of the region. There are fantastic views as the trail crests a saddle and starts to drop down toward Martinez Canyon. After 2 miles, Cochran Coke Ovens Trail leads off to the right. The main trail runs alongside Martinez Wash before dropping down farther to enter the red walls of Martinez Canyon. The trail in the canyon is narrow and lumpy, with several tight corners and boulders to negotiate, but the standard is moderate throughout.

Special Attractions: Challenging trail within the capability of most stock vehicles; Well-preserved, historic Cochran Coke Ovens; Panoramic scenery over Martinez Canyon and the Gila River. 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: Superior
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,700 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mineral Mt., Mesa; BLM Mesa
Driving Directions: Directions to Martinez Mine Trail

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May 2018