• Tiger Mine Trailhead to Freeman Road Trailhead


  • 27.8 miles

Southern Trailhead: Tiger Mine Trailhead


From the east entrance to the town of Oracle, drive 0.8 miles east on AZ 77 to mile marker 105 and turn left (north) onto Old Tiger Road. After 1.5 miles on this road, you’ll see an unmistakable Arizona Trail gateway on the left (north) side of the road. Parking is available on either side of the road.

Northern Trailhead: Freeman Road Trailhead


From Mammoth, drive north on Hwy 77 to the town of Dudleyville. Turn left (west) on Dudleyville Road to the center of the community and locate San Pedro Road. Head west on San Pedro Road, where the road soon turns to dirt. Cross the San Pedro River * (usually dry or very shallow) and then turn north at intersection and follow road north along the river (Camino Rio) for 0.5 mile. Turn left (west) on Freeman Road. Cross railroad tracks and continue for 12 miles to the trailhead.

*San Pedro River can experience heavy flows during wet times of the year and may become impassable. Use caution and assess conditions before attempting to drive across the river. If this route is unsafe, you can approach from Freeman Road from Hwy 79 and/or Willow Springs Ranch Road from Hwy 77, which leads to Freeman Road.

Trail Route Description

Passage 14 meanders through the desert washes and arroyos of the Black Hills. This passage is characterized by ubiquitous cactus, sandy soil, and hot, dry weather, with springtime temperatures routinely topping 100 degrees! Extreme heat, lack of shade and unreliable water sources are the main challenges for visitors. Because of these challenges, the Black Hills are one of the least visited passages along the AZT.

Within this often overlooked, remote nature you will find outstanding opportunities for solitude, trail adventures, and relaxation under unobstructed desert skies. 

The trail follows both singletrack and doubletrack through a vast desert landscape, featuring the iconic saguaro cactus, prickly pear, and luminescent chollas, along with the quintessential desert sounds of the cactus wren. It crosses dirt roads, and passes by old cattle tanks, broken windmills, and abandoned wells. 

The trail traverses many drainages and unique rock formations, and provides panoramic views as it climbs up and over the ridgeline of the Black Hills. Antelope Peak is a prominent landmark, as are the Superstition and Pinal Mountains. To the east lie the entire Galiuro Mountains and the San Pedro River. To the south are the Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains. This vista illustrates just how expansive the Sonoran Desert is as it transitions from low to high desert.


  • Moderate



Water sources are very limited along this passage. Water can sometimes be found at Mountainview Tank, Cowhead Well and Beehive Well. Land owners have given consent for AZT users to use the man made water tanks and sources in this passage. However, this permission is provisional upon the continued good stewardship of these sources. 


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Although this passage crosses State Trust Land, a permit is not required as long as you are on or near the Arizona Trail.


  • Map of Passage 14 
  • USGS Topographic Maps: Mammoth, North of Oracle, Putnam Wash and Black Mountain.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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Current Passage Info

Wildfire Forces Trail and road Closures Near Freeman Road Trailhead

Wildfire Forces Trail and road Closures Near Freeman Road Trailhead

On July 11, lightning strikes caused a wildfire northwest of Oracle near the intersection of Freeman Road and Willow Springs Ranch Road in Pinal County. The Freeman Fire has very heavy fuel load with mesquite and brush and has quickly grown to 37,000 acres. In the interest of pubic safety, Passage 14 (Black Hills) is closed. There is no safe and reasonable detour. Pinal County has also closed the following roads, which include primary access routes to the Arizona Trail’s Passages 14 (Black Hills) and 15 (Tortilla Mountains). Road Closures: Freeman Road from Hwy 79 to Barkerville Road Barkerville from Freeman to Willow Springs Road Willow Springs From Barkerville to Hwy 77 Please avoid this area until the fire has been contained and is determined to be safe to visit again.
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