Passage #6 - Las Colinas

The view from the trail Location:  Oak Tree Canyon to Lakes Road

Length:  13.1 miles

Southern Access Point:  Oak Tree Canyon
- GPS Coordinates:  31.81072° N, 110.72330° W  
- Access: From the intersection of I-10 and AZ 83, drive south on AZ 83 to 0.8 miles past milepost 44. Pull off on the right (west) at an unmarked road (FR 4072). A gate prevents vehicles from proceeding very far. Park in this area and walk about 0.8 miles west to an AZT trailhead sign.

Northern Access Point:  Lakes Road
- GPS Coordinates:  31.90910° N, 110.67151° W  
- Access: From the intersection of I-10 and AZ 83, drive south for 7.2 miles on AZ 83 to milepost 51.4. Turn right (west) and go through a gate on an unmarked, rough dirt road about 0.6 miles to the AZT. This road requires a 4WD high-clearance vehicle, or park near AZ 83 and walk in (recommended).

Trail Route Description:  This passage begins in Oak Tree Canyon (3/4 mile west of Highway 83) on FR 4072. The trail climbs slightly up to a gate and then begins a long, gradual descent. It crosses FR 4064, passes through another gate, works its way around a small hill, and then descends into Barrel Canyon. After crossing FR 231 the trail climbs up to a gate on a pass and then drops down into Scholefield Canyon. There is another gate and a climb up past FR 4062 and on to Papago Canyon. There is a short stretch on an old two-track road and then it goes through Mulberry Canyon and heads due north, contouring up and down for several miles. After one last gate, the route is a gradual downhill for the last few miles until the end of the passage at Lakes Road.

Difficulty:  Moderate

Season(s):  Fall, Winter and Spring (current weather forecast)

The trail near Hidden Valley Ranch Water:  Water is intermittent and scarce. Plan to bring your own water.


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: Empire Ranch and Mount Fagan.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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