Ben Avery Trail

Tonopah, Arizona 85354

Ben Avery Trail

Ben Avery Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A hike in the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness through the Sonoran Desert. This trail is named after a well-known Phoenix outdoor writer and covers about 12 miles in all. A nice day hike is to walk in as far as Indian Spring. This is a good area to see wildlife and perhaps evidence of prehistoric cultures.

This old jeep trail, now within the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness area and closed to vehicles, meanders gently through impressive Sonoran Desert set against rugged, rocky mountains. After a mile, the trail drops into a wash and heads west. The wash narrows, and the trail climbs steeply out of it. The trail crosses a ridge and drops back into another wash."

More Ben Avery Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Ben Avery Trail, named for a noted Arizona outdoor enthusiast and writer, leads through dramatically hued volcanic basalt hills rising up from the bajadas of the rugged Eagletail Mountains.

There are grace notes here, however. Natural arches and rock spires can be viewed from the trail, and the sweet scents of the fall- and spring-blooming, bitter condalia trees waft over the desert."

"Forming a rugged and scenic line of crags, buttes, and mountains in the desert west of Phoenix, the Eagletail Mountains offer intrepid hikers a wonderful opportunity to explore some desolate yet interesting terrain.

The best route for entering the area is the Ben Avery Trail. Named for a noted Arizona outdoor writer, this established trail cuts through the heart of the 100,600-acre Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area."

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Trail Information

Tonopah
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Best October to April
Season
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,650 feet
Top Elevation
Yuma Field Office BLM
Local Contacts
USGS Eagletail Mountains West, Eagletail Mountains East
Local Maps

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Oct 2018