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Martin Canyon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,800 Feet (2119.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 900 Feet (280.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 5,900 Feet (1839.2 Meters)
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Time, Round Trip: 2 Hours
Trail Number: 103
Usage: Light

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General Description

This trail, which borders but does not enter the Woodchute Wilderness, was originally built many years ago with a bulldozer. The purpose was to build and gain access to the water tanks in Martin Canyon. These include Rick Tank, Martin Canyon Tank, Turkey Tank, and Hickey Tank. This old road now serves as part of the Forest trail network.

Starting near Turkey Tank the trail descends down a small drainage to the northeast for 0.7 miles to where it enters Martin Canyon. From Martin Canyon Tank the trail heads northwest, staying in the canyon bottom for almost its entire length. At about mile 4.25 the trail turns sharply south for 0.6 miles to where it ends at James Tank.

Directions from US-89: The access to the trail is from Highway 89A and the Potato Patch Campground. Go to the Potato Patch Campground just east of the summit on 89A. Then take FR 106 west for 2.0 miles past Hickey Tanks to the intersection of 106A and FR 9710W. Take FR 9710W north for 0.6 miles to where the trailhead is located just west of Turkey Tank.

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Recommended Seasons: Fall through Spring .

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Visitor Information:

Chino Valley Ranger District, P.O. Box 485, 735 Highway 89 North , Chino Valley, AZ, 86323, Phone: 928-777-2200, Fax: 928-777-2208


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