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Woodpecker/Ajax Mines 4x4 Trail, Arizona

Popular hard-core 4x4 route.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 6.6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Very difficult hard-core 4x4 route. Trail follows extremely rocky wash bottom, then cuts across higher ground past Woodpecker Mine and... more »

Tips:  Carry spare parts and travel with other well-equipped vehicles. Carry water and sun protection. Notify someone where you are. Watch... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start of Woodpecker/Ajax Loop

Online directions should bring you to the start of trail. Depending on the direction you are coming from, you will either reach this point via Mineral Mountain Road off of Highway 60 or Cottonwood Canyon Road off of Highway 79

2. The Firehole

Some people actually try to drive through the middle of this obstacle. Most go around it.

3. Highway to Hell

Bear hard right here out of wash. Straight is extreme Highway to Hell.

4. Woodpecker Mine

Watch kids and dogs at this open mine shaft.

5. Entrance to Ajax Mine

Stay right here at big rusty tank. Left goes to Ajax Mine. You are now exiting on easier Ajax Trail.

6. Return to Mineral Mountain Road

Right here goes back to start of Woodpecker. Left goes to Box Canyon, Martinez Canyon and the Coke Ovens. All available as eGuides from FunTreks on EveryTrail.