This scenic route is advised for UTVs, Jeeps, and specially modified (lifted) short wheelbase 4x4 SUVs only. In winter months or right after heavy monsoon rains the Trail Canyon dugway that descends 2,000 feet in only a few miles may be impassible due to ice or slick clay and sheer dropoffs.
Take BLM1063 west from the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse. BLM1063 passes through several gates. After 9.9 miles you will reach BLM1230. Take a right. At the 4x4 warning sign, the road drops into Trail Canyon. This dugway is very steep with grades exceeding 20%. You may need to rest your vehicle's brakes at one of the flat areas so they can cool down. The dugway drops 2,000 feet in elevation in only a few miles. For those afraid of heights, be aware there are several sections of this road that have sheer dropoffs at the edge of the road that go down several hundred feet. Descend in low gear to keep your vehicle speed low and assist with braking.
The road in Trail Canyon can be washed out and impassible after monsoon storms. Once in the bottom of Parashant Canyon continue downcanyon. At mile 16.2 you will reach a Y and a sign in box. BLM1232 is the spur road to Copper Mountain Mine. BLM1230 continues below Andrus Point west to Dripping Spring and ends near Mollie's Nipple.
BLM1232 to Copper Mountain Mine is only a few miles long but very rough. Drivers will have to navigate several bedrock steps. It is slow going. The mine is a fascinating historic site at the edge of a scenic canyon.
Last updated: March 13, 2020