Telegraph Canyon Trail

Superior, Arizona

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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 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."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Superior
Distance: 12.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,600 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Superior, Picketpost Mt., Mineral Mt., Mesa; BLM Mesa; USFS Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Telegraph Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

12/22/2007
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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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