This trail flows off of the main Table Mesa trail and leads you to an abandon mine, replete with large gears and a station house.
Supposedly this trail has been graded and is now not much of a challenge.
Difficult trial that changes dramatically with water.
Jan 10, 2013 – downgraded to a 3 due to trail modifications from mining/forestry service activity removing and altering some of the more difficult obstacles.
The Charouleau Gap is one of the best 4WD trips in the Catalinas. This scenic route is for 4-wheel drive vehicles only. The road up and over Samaniego Ridge is rough, rocky and requires good ground clearance as well as excellent traction.
On the western half of the trip there are broad and expansive views as you climb up and back down Charouleau Gap, and the roads aren’t quite as bad since they have been graded in the past. For the northern half of the trip, much of your time is spent down around the Canada del Oro wash and is especially rough in places. The toughest single spot by vehicle is known as The Step (N32.53085 W110.78176); because of the incline it is preferable to drive down it from Oracle; however, many manage to climb up it from the Catalina side. Mar, 2013 – The Step has now been bypassed by the forestry service.
The other tough spot is a quarter-mile stretch known as (yep) the Quarter Mile, which if driving from Oracle starts about a mile south of The Step (around N32.51812 W110.78185) and goes down to the bottom of the elbow in the route. One other place of note is a spot known as the Elevator Shaft (N32.56493 W110.78086), a climb that is long and steep, but has a solid surface for vehicles because of past grading. The route also has interesting rock formations, the remains of an old adobe home at a place marked on topo maps as Coronado Camp.
The Rover’s Playground. Trails abound here, and there’s something for every level of driver. 4+ trails offer complex and technical challenges while some of the less challenging drives offer spectactular scenery.Worth the trip, every time.
A unique and scenic drive through a narrow, steep-walled canyon. Once in the canyon, there are several moderate-size rocks to get over. Stock SUVs with good ground clearance should be okay. It is a good idea to be spotted through the tough spots. You may bottom out occasionally but damage is unlikely. Stay off this trail if rain is expected, the canyon is extremely dangerous when flooded.
There are two parts to this trail, getting to it (the section described here) and running it (see “Martinez Mine Loop”). Getting to it means traveling in normally through Box Canyon and the trail to the Martinez Cabins. The section to the cabins had changed a little due to some extra washouts and some rocks but it’s still not overly difficult. Unlocked trucks might have a little difficulty with getting cross axled in places but should make it through with care. The cabins are still there but the white one has half collapsed and the generator that used to be behind it has now been dragged some distance back to the rocky creek on the way in.
This is a very scenic and historic trail. Most of the trail is graded dirt road (40-50 mph)except the 14 miles into Jackson Cabin from Hooker Hot Springs which is considered easy-moderate (5-10 mph) and suited to any 4×4.
The trip takes us east on I-10 to Pomerene, north to Cascabel, east and north to Hooker Hot Springs. This area is owned by The Nature Conservancy and at present allowing vehicle traffic (who knows how long this will last, so take advantage of this great opportunity).
Several trails in the area have been permanently closed to OHV. Hooker Hot Springs has casitas for rent which includes hot spring privileges. Along the trail to Jackson Cabin we will pass several ranch houses (Browning, Pride) which are in remarkable shape including wind mills. The Pride ranch house can be rented for overnight stays.
We travel through several lush canyons with sycamores, cottonwood and huge oak trees. Jackson Cabin in a quaint little valley with lush vegetation and surrounding Galiuro Mountain cliffs. Jackson Cabin has a rich history and there is a log book full of stories for your enjoyment and add your own. The Cabin is fairly clean and cool inside thanks to the 2 foot thick rock walls. The Cabin is habitable for humans and can/has been used for camping (stove, fireplace, table, screens on windows and doors).