CrackerJack Mine Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

CrackerJack Mine Trail is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

12.6 miles
1843 feet
Point to Point


off road driving





The land is absolutely beautiful starting out in the forest pines with some snow in patches on the ground. The road is wide and well maintained. Drive a couple miles and the scenery changes into high desert with trees following along the East Verde River. River/creek crossings are present but most are dry in January. Once you arrive at a Y intersection north of the Contact Trick Tank, take the right and continue to follow F.R 209. This is the last quarter of the trail and the trail terrain completely changes. The trail narrows, rocks now appear and the level of difficulty changes from a 1-2 to a 5-7. Boulder ranges are plentiful ranging in sizes of 8"-14" with waterfall ledges 6"-12" in height. This will take you back up the mountain and back to the pines and ends the trail back at Highway 87 around Milepost 261. You could also start here with the technical portion and save the longer scenic portion for the end.

off road driving
1 month ago

Really scenic and fun trail. I drove it in my jeep. The first half is easy and laidback, the second half was rocky with some technical parts. Had to go into 4L at one point. Really fun though and looking forward to going again soon.

off road driving
1 month ago

Wonderful scenery, the road is easy to travel for the first 3/4 of the trail. Quite a few places to pull off the trail safely and go for a hike, explore lots of rock formations and just sit by a creek. Extremely quiet, we only saw a couple other cars who were enjoying the creek and 1 UTV running the trail. I would love to drive this trail again.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Saturday, April 13, 2013