Since the weather is getting much warmer, it makes sense to begin by restating the reminder recently posted by Jim for the Wickenburg Mts. trip. As always, bring a lot of extra water, shade, first aid kit, CB radio, extraction gear, tools, chair(s) for the lunch stop, camera, and whatever else you might need in case of an emergency in the desert. Don't forget to bring water and stay hydrated!
The route, about 32 miles total, will take us from Florence east on Price Rd., then north through Box Canyon, and continue north on Mineral Mt. Rd. with a side trip to the ruins of Reymert.
According to Wells, 2nd ed, the majority of Box Canyon is rated moderate with the exception of one ledge that is rated difficult. "Aggressive stock SUVs with good ground clearance can do it."
Wells rates Mineral Mt. Rd. easy & the Reymert side trip moderate. The Reymert Historic Site features ruins of an old mining town.
IMPORTANT - A portion of this trip crosses Arizona State Trust Land, so make sure that your Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) Recreation Permit is up-to-date. I will not be checking permits, it is your responsibility to make sure you have a valid permit for this trip.
If you need a permit or need to renew here is the link to the ASLD website:
In anticipation of FAQs, the usual experience members have had in obtaining a permit is:
If you print & mail the permit application along with your payment to the ASLD it usually takes 3 working days to receive the permit in the mail.
If you go to the ASLD office in Phoenix during business hours with the completed application and payment you can usually walk out with the permit.