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Old 04-28-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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Box Canyon Question

So, for the first time in 12 years, yesterday I drove through Box Canyon. We took the bypass to avoid the major obstacle north of the canyon. I Wil try and post pictures later.

I drove northbound, and started on Price road.

It appeared that very few vehicles were northbound. Other than our jeep, I was aware of only two other northbound vehicles.

However, a lot - a lot - of traffic was heading southbound; mainly ATV's. I saw only one other Wrangler, and he was southbound too.

My question is this: is there an unwritten rule or matter of etiquette that traffic flows south?

Some sections are not wide enough for two vehicles; I suppose we were lucky to have met all oncoming traffic with sufficient room to allow two vehicles to pass.

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:49 PM   #2
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I've done that trail in both directions, it doesn't really matter. You also have to use that trail to get to additional trails, so it will have a lot of traffic on it .

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I've done that trail in both directions, it doesn't really matter. You also have to use that trail to get to additional trails, so it will have a lot of traffic on it .
Thank you! Good to know. I plan to get out to the Coke Ovens soon, and the northbound route is the most convenient for me.
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Thank you! Good to know. I plan to get out to the Coke Ovens soon, and the northbound route is the most convenient for me.
Just so you know, portions of Coke Ovens are private property-the entire trail is not public. The waterfall in Box Canyon if that is what you mean by major obstacle is not hard if you climb or descend right next to the wall (just fold in side mirrors tho-you will be that close to the wall). My stock Jeep made it.
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You can also get to the Coke Ovens via the Gila River loop trail. See Az Guide to 4wd & Offroad Trails. I'm in San Tan Valley and there are lots of trails in that area.
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You can also get to the Coke Ovens via the Gila River loop trail. See Az Guide to 4wd & Offroad Trails. I'm in San Tan Valley and there are lots of trails in that area.

I liked going that way for sure, two nice river crossings.
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Just so you know, portions of Coke Ovens are private property-the entire trail is not public. The waterfall in Box Canyon if that is what you mean by major obstacle is not hard if you climb or descend right next to the wall (just fold in side mirrors tho-you will be that close to the wall). My stock Jeep made it.
Thanks. Good to know; I just assumed it was too much for a stock jeep.

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You can also get to the Coke Ovens via the Gila River loop trail. See Az Guide to 4wd & Offroad Trails. I'm in San Tan Valley and there are lots of trails in that area.
I have that book; I like it a lot.

We went to Cochran the weekend prior, and the Gila was running too high for a crossing. Anyhow, we had a decent view of the ovens from the ruins.

I am in Anthem (Florence), so we go up to San Tan often. Were do you go if you do not mind my asking.
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If you take the Box Canyon route to the Coke Ovens, plan some time to hike back in to Martinez Cabin/Mine, very nice. Walked right up your water fall in my previous 04 Pathfinder on 31's, your Jeep should have no issues. My 04 Rubicon of course went up it like it was green belt. Another nice loop kind of over that way is Walnut Canyon, over near the Ray Mine. Couple spots out there that will make your hair stand up just a bit, but a nice and scenic easy/medium loop, did it the first time in my Pathfinder no problem, Rubicon of course ate it up like nothing.
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Mommymallcrawler asked me some questions in a separate thread, and for the sake of forum readability I thought it would be best to respond here.

I use Charles Wells guide book for my trips: Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trials

Reymert Mine is its own thing accessible from Reymert Mine road, off of Mineral Mine Road. GPS coordinates:

N33 13.810 W111 12.689

The Box Canyon obstacle I have been avoiding is North of the Canyon itself, so perhaps we are not referencing the same thing. The bypass I took is significant in itself as it is 3.5 miles long, and is a bit of a driving challenge (at least for me it is).

I'll look up the virtual jeep club. Thank you for the recommendation!

I hope I addressed all your points. Please let me know if I missed something.
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Thanks! I will look for the bypass when we are going through Saturday, and will ask someone if those coords are the same mine or another one to explore!
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You guys go out and check out Martinez Mine. You have to hike back in to it, but it is really cool, and scary. The main shaft goes down at almost a 45 degree angle, for maybe 200 ft, then flattens out and the floor is flooded. There is a horizontal shaft that goes back a very, very long way, maybe 1/4 mile. The floor is flooded, so you have to be real careful.
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There is another very cool but easy mine on the back side of Four Peaks, the El Oso mine, little tough to find but worth the trip.
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You guys go out and check out Martinez Mine. You have to hike back in to it, but it is really cool, and scary. The main shaft goes down at almost a 45 degree angle, for maybe 200 ft, then flattens out and the floor is flooded. There is a horizontal shaft that goes back a very, very long way, maybe 1/4 mile. The floor is flooded, so you have to be real careful.
Um, not sure I am up for mine exploring / spelunking.

You are a braver man than I.
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Um, not sure I am up for mine exploring / spelunking.

You are a braver man than I.
The Four Peaks one you could handle, solid rock, goes back into the mountain, has a few curves in it and all off the ore cart tracks are still there. Only scary because it's an old mine, but very solid and secure looking, no timbers or anything.

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