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AZ Trail Info => Moderate Trails 2.5-3.5 => Topic started by: T-Ray on August 02, 2010, 12:31:43 PM

Title: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: T-Ray on August 02, 2010, 12:31:43 PM
Location: Saguaro Lake
Rating: 2.5
Vehicle Requirements: a stock 4WD Xterra can make it with good driving. Aggressive tires and some suspension lift is recommended though.  8)

The Coves is a a huge area of many many trails out by Saguaro Lake. It is made up of a series of washes and ridges that border the lake. Fun area to play around, test out new mods, take pictures, and hang by the lake. Most trails are easy, but some of the hill climbs can be chalenging and provide a decent pucker factor.
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: AZ-Ted on December 04, 2010, 03:18:24 AM
The Coves can be a really fun place to wheel / learn what your vehicle is capable of.  But, please take at least one more vehicle with you, and preferably go with someone who knows the area.  There are so many trails out there that it can be easily to lose your way if you are not familiar with the trails.  Also, there are some tippy spots that can give you trouble if you are not prepared for them.

To get there:  Take SR-87 (aka Beeline Highway) to Bush Highway.  Go East on Bush Highway a few miles until you see the turn off for Butcher Jones - this road dead ends at a big parking lot near Saguaro Lake.  Continue about 3/4 of the way through the parking lot until you see a Green Gate on the right hand side.  Go through the Green Gate and cross over the cattle guard.  You will now be in the wash.  Air your tires down (personally, I like 20 PSI), and get ready to have some fun.

There are many coves out at Saguaro Lake, and I've been to the first 5 coves in my Xterra.  Some people choose to go to the first three coves and then turn around.  Others choose to go to the 5th cove, and then head north along the fenceline.  That trail will take you to 4 Peaks Road.
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: stickywater on January 15, 2015, 12:38:03 AM
Do you think 2WD will make it ok to the first cove??
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: AZ-Ted on January 15, 2015, 10:59:27 AM
Do you think 2WD will make it ok to the first cove??

It depends on the amount of sand in the washes.  I've pulled out quite a few 2WDs in the wash on the way to the first cove.  Bring a tow strap, and a friend with a 4x4.
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: stickywater on January 19, 2015, 08:50:05 PM
awesome, thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: Brannick on February 16, 2015, 08:59:16 PM
Hi,

I went out here for the first time the other day. Didn't explore too much out of fear of getting really lost. Are there any maps of the trails available anywhere?
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: Haof on February 17, 2015, 02:14:58 PM
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Didn't explore too much out of fear of getting really lost. Are there any maps of the trails available anywhere?

No maps that I know of, the more you go out the more you get to know it. Some of the roads were re-graded a few months ago but with rains (people making ruts in the mud) they are not as easy as they were but you can still get by almost any hill if you find the right road up. I drive in 2WD for most of the time I am out there and rarely have to use my locker (unless I want to have fun). I am out in this area often, and during jet ski season you can catch me at the marina at least once a week (normally Monday's after work).
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: AZ-Ted on March 18, 2015, 04:40:39 PM
Hi,

I went out here for the first time the other day. Didn't explore too much out of fear of getting really lost. Are there any maps of the trails available anywhere?


The area comes under the jurisdiction of the Tonto National Forest.  They have detailed maps for sale, but I found a link to a general map of the area (the area between Saguaro Lake and 4 Peaks):  http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/arizona_ohv_trails_places.shtml (http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/arizona_ohv_trails_places.shtml)

EDIT:  click on the link and then scroll down quite a bit until you get to the "Rolls OHV" Area.  The map for the Rolls OHV also covers the Saguaro Lake area.  This isn't super detailed, but at least, it is something...
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: Brannick on March 22, 2015, 10:52:27 AM
Hi,

I went out here for the first time the other day. Didn't explore too much out of fear of getting really lost. Are there any maps of the trails available anywhere?


The area comes under the jurisdiction of the Tonto National Forest.  They have detailed maps for sale, but I found a link to a general map of the area (the area between Saguaro Lake and 4 Peaks):  http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/arizona_ohv_trails_places.shtml (http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/arizona_ohv_trails_places.shtml)

EDIT:  click on the link and then scroll down quite a bit until you get to the "Rolls OHV" Area.  The map for the Rolls OHV also covers the Saguaro Lake area.  This isn't super detailed, but at least, it is something...


Thanks. This is exactly what I've been looking for. Got a little lost when I finally went exploring. Entered at Butcher Jones and Came out at 4 peaks after some assistance.
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: Crakerjack on February 06, 2016, 12:21:52 PM
I was just out there last weekend, beautiful trails to play on. Back in 05 I had a Pro-4x Frontier I took out there, now that I have the Pro-4x Xterra I had to go back!

(http://i.imgur.com/tjQoI14.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/f93ky3X.jpg)
Title: Re: Saguaro Lake Coves
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on February 06, 2016, 03:05:11 PM
Nice area to 4wheel that my area to test out stuff