Telegraph Canyon Trail

Superior, Arizona 85173

Telegraph Canyon Trail

Telegraph Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This interesting and challenging trail can be combined with many other trails in the region to make a full day’s travel. The trail’s main challenges come, first, from the rocky sections at the start of the trail as it proceeds toward Telegraph Canyon and, second, from a narrow pathway between the edge of the shelf road and some deep washouts. In between these sections, the trail is interesting driving, but of a more moderate standard.

Special Attractions: Extremely narrow, deep Box Canyon; Moderate rock crawling section within the canyon; Varied desert views. 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."

Telegraph Canyon Trail Reviews

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This is a great trail with a lot less traffic than the nearby Box Canyon Trail. You really need a 4 wheel drive but I did it in a fairly stock Xterra Off Road. I would not go alone unless you are experienced at off-roading as well as use being able to deal with desert conditions. The first few turns are little confusing but stay on the path most taken and you will find your way. The turn that is at the cemetery also take you east of the school. Ajax Mine is a great place to stop for lunch if you are doing it as a day trip. Look out for mime shafts. They are all over this area and not all are easily seen. The canyons and vistas in this area are beautiful and remote. I will probably take the wife there in the spring when the wild flowers are blooming.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
2.5 hours
Year-round, best October to May
2,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,800 feet
Top Elevation
Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Superior, Picketpost Mt., Mineral Mt., Mesa; BLM Mesa; USFS Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018