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Martin Canyon Trail #103


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 mile 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 mile to where it ends at James Tank.

This is a rugged Jeep Trail and allows full size vehicles, but it has been our experience that only modified high clearance vehicles are able to negotiate this trail, standard factory high clearance 4x4s are not recommended.

This trail, just outside of the Woodchute Wilderness, connects with a network of other area trails and roads on which OHVs must be less than 50” wide.


Printable Trail Description and Map (454 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Fall - Spring
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Approximately 30 minutes from Chino Valley, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


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 Forest Road 106 west for 2.0 miles to the intersection of 106A and Forest Road 9710W. Take Forest Road 9710W north for 0.6 miles to where the trailhead is located just west of Turkey Tank. Road conditions are paved, then 4-wheel drive to trailhead.

General Notes:
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5' quads for Hickey Mountain
    • Prescott National Forest, west half
  • Average hiking time: 2 hours, one way



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Mountain Biking

  • This trail, just outside of the Woodchute Wilderness, connects with a network of other area trails and roads.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.2 miles

  Elevation : 
6,896 feet


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