McCracken Peak Trail

Wenden, Arizona

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The trail up McCracken Peak initially travels on the old, unmaintained graded road to the base of the peak. The road is sufficiently eroded to require a high-clearance 2WD vehicle as far as the base of the peak; past that it is definitely for high-clearance 4WDs only. The trail climbs steeply up to the peak, winding around on a network of old mining roads. You travel on a narrow shelf road all the way with very few passing places and long dropoffs. Side trails lead to other mine workings. The surface is loose with low traction in places. A couple of the switchbacks are tight enough that drivers will have to back up to complete the turn. Special Attractions: Historic McCracken Silver Mine; Panoramic views from McCracken Peak; Rockhounding for quartz crystals. 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.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

The trail up McCracken Peak initially travels on the old, unmaintained graded road to the base of the peak. The road is sufficiently eroded to require a high-clearance 2WD vehicle as far as the base of the peak; past that it is definitely for high-clearance 4WDs only. The trail climbs steeply up to the peak, winding around on a network of old mining roads. You travel on a narrow shelf road all the way with very few passing places and long dropoffs. Side trails lead to other mine workings.

The surface is loose with low traction in places. A couple of the switchbacks are tight enough that drivers will have to back up to complete the turn. Special Attractions: Historic McCracken Silver Mine; Panoramic views from McCracken Peak; Rockhounding for quartz crystals. 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.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Wenden
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best November to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Maps: USGS Signal, McCracken Peak, Alamo Lake; BLM Alamo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to McCracken Peak Trail

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