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Mescal Mountain OHV Area

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Mescal Mountains OHV Area, Gila River Valley, Steam Boat Wash, Steamboat Wash, Windy Hill

Last Known StatusOpen

This OHV area offers miles of trails that range from easy to difficult. Wide and rocky trails with some sharp inclines and a couple of riverbed washes make up most of the terrain.

There are very few actual dirt bike trails here and the loops are generally short, rugged 4x4 roads but the scenery is top notch.

The staging area is very pleasant and has twelve campsites, each with a shade ramada, fire ring and picnic table. Camping is free and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Other amenities include restrooms, potable water and loading ramps.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityKearny, AZ
AddressHammond Drive, Kearny, AZ 85137
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From: Superior, AZ
1) Take SR-177 south about 22 miles
2) Turn left (east) on Hammond Drive and stay to the right (you will see two water tanks and road will turn to dirt)
3) Continue .4 miles
4) Go over second cattleguard and veer left, continue .3 miles
5) Go over third cattleguard, campground is on the right.

*Note: When you first turn on Hammond Drive you will see a sign for private property and a two-ton limit on bridge - do not worry as these signs only apply if you veer left (toward the church) instead of right.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM, City Land

RATINGS

Prosnice campground, free
Constrails are very rocky, no real motorcycle trails
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Fall/Spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles15
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2000 to 2400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has almost all rocks.Alltrails range from somewhat rocky to very rocky
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Somemost often dry
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
steep dropoffs
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYes
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsNo Restriction
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (N)Superior Community Hospital (520) 689-2423
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)IGA (520) 363-5595
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)IGA (520) 363-5595
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (N)Superior RV Park (866) 689-5331
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (N)Superior RV Park (866) 689-5331
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)IGA (520) 363-5595
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (W)Gila River
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (W)Gila River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (SE)Kearny Lake Boat Ramp (520) 363-5547

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoTown of Kearny
P.O. Box 639
Kearny, AZ 85237
(520) 363-5547
geide@townofkearny.com
margaret@townofkearny.com
www.townofkearny.com
Contact InfoBLM - Phoenix Field Office
21605 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(623) 580-5500
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
CommentOHV Decal Info

GPS POINTS

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

This is a typical piece of trail here.  No dirt bike trails, but rather some short scenic 4x4 loops.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

The trails do run through some canyons and washes which are very scenic.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

The trails mainly consists of loose chunk rock.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Some trails like this one get rougher and rockier until they eventually come to a dead end.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

The main staging area and campground offers great views, a pleasant desert setting, and some nice amenities.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Each campsite has a shade ramada, picnic table, fire grill and garbage can. Camping is free but is limited to two weeks.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

One of the few steep sections. Nothing too difficult but the loose rock can make it a bit more challenging.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

This place is best explored on ATVs or in a Jeep.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

The scenery is top notch. Lots of beautiful cactuses and mountain views.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Another view of one of the trail loops. Most of the routes have light elevation changes.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Terrain example at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

A nice picture of a prickly pear cactus and some mountain views.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

A nice overall view of the area. Vegetation is sparse but mainly consists of saguaro, cholla, prickly pear cactuses and scrub brush.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Another view of the trail. This is the place to go if you want to get away from the crowds.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

There is no shortage of panoramic views. Bring the camera!

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Crossing a shallow creek crossing.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

A nice spot to take in the views.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Terrain example at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

This is the main trail leading from the campground. Most of the trails are surrounded by various cactuses and scrub brush.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

One of the roads that was washed out.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

A side view of the trail. The desert is just stunning.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

A trail at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

The trails are marked and labeled with brown carsonite posts.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

As you can see, the trails are wide enough for Jeeps.

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Taking in the views!

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

A trail at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

Mescal Mountain Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Mescal Mountain OHV Area Trail

This is the main entrance. To get to the campground just stay to the right and continue past the water towers.

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