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White Pocket is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 160 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

views

off trail

no shade

ohv/off road driving
off trail
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did not make it to the location. I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler sport unlimited and had to turn around because the sand was so deep. I was by myself and I got way too close to getting stuck multiple times. Personally I would only drive these roads in a 4 wheeler or dune buggy or the like. 4x4 is not enough and it was a dry, sunny day. As another user said, don’t follow Apple maps gps but take corral valley road to 1087 to 1086. Apple Maps took me to the Paw Hole trailhead and from there the road is “one way recommended.” I should’ve listened to the other user.

hiking
3 months ago

An interesting and unique place, but gps may try to shoot you down small, eventually impassable roads. Instead, take 1017 east to 1087, which runs north. Going up 1087, there will be a split off for 1086 and a sign for White Pockets will appear as well. Also, I would recommend taking Hwy 89A in. The other way, coming east on Hwy 89, then south on House Rock Valley Roads passes through some heavily tire-grooved dirt roads, south of the Wire Pass pull-out. Also note, that the scenery is similar to that found at Edmaier's Pass, which can be accessed via Buckskin Gulch pull-out, which is much quicker to reach and easier on the car. Good luck and enjoy!

4 months ago

One of mt favorite trips since moving to AZ. 4x4 needed for this one. The outback travel in was great.

recorded White Pocket

hiking
4 months ago

Really cool! Too many formations, definitely similar to Yant Flats.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Tout simplement le plus beau site que nous ayons vu ( avant Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, ..). Balade très facile, on accède au site par un chemin de sable, ensuite vous pouvez ne faire que quelques mètres ou bien plus d’un mile comme nous pour profiter du site. Pour y accéder il faut vraiment un 4x4 high clearance (pour nous un Jeep Grand Cherokee) pour les derniers miles. Il faut aussi absolument éviter d’y aller par temps de pluie, la piste sera impraticable.

hiking
no shade
off trail
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Really unique and beautiful.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

The drive to get to the actual White Pocket area is ONLY for high clearance 4x4 vehicles. The sand get pretty deep. We did it in our stock 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in sand mode. Only time we had issues were right by the corral at the very end of the trail. Sand got too deep and we didn't have enough speed. So we got stuck & had to dig out. Do not do this road if it has recently rained. The hiking trail to white pocket is deep sand as well which can be tiring if not in the best of shape. But the scenery is AWESOME if you can get back there!

didn't follow a trail, just scampered away and explored.

hiking
9 months ago

Drove like an hour in very bumpy & deep sand roads, but then when we were only 1.5 mi away from the trailhead, a photographer (who frequents the area) saw we had made it and warned the rest of the way was much harder and we wouldn't make it without extra high clearance. 4WD isn't enough, need high(er than normal) clearance. We had to skip the hike :( Also, poor signage so bring an offline map. (3 star cuz I HAVE to star something)

hiking
no shade
scramble
9 months ago

Just spend two nights camping at White Pocket, it was amazing. There is limited shade and it gets very hot during middle of the day. If you camp, hike early and late during the day, rest and hydrate! This place is very remote and don't even attempt without a 4 wheel drive, not all wheel, it's serious sand! Our guides do it multiple times a week and still one got stuck in the deep sand.

hiking
no shade
off trail
10 months ago

Amazing place! Gorgeous sand stone formation and colours. The only things is you need a Jeep or a tour to get there. Not many are there so you have can have peace exploring this place.

Tue Jun 18 2019

worth the long drive. 4wheel drive highly a must. rough and sandy road. it was a fun drive for us, we have the jeep.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
off trail
Mon Jun 10 2019

Never made it to the place lol. Made the biggest mistake ever... stoping in sand tracks. (also don't have M/T tires) Got stuck, twice. Couldn't make it there due to time. Still mare it out alive lol. 4x4 with high clearance is a must. Don't stop in sand, make sure you are on rock or something solid if you do want to check the map or something...

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Incredible. One of my favorite hikes to date. Road to trailhead wasn’t bad with a 4Runner TRD off road.

hiking
Fri May 10 2019

Just do it! Follow our full time RV adventures on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/Apackof2ForTheRoad/?ref=bookmarks

hiking
no shade
rocky
Mon May 06 2019

If you brave the drive, and god knows you get scared out of it by the visitor centre, and you make it down to the actual White Pocket point, it’s AMAZING! I’ve never seen rocks seem to be a frozen lava flow. You can just wonder around until your hearts content in there - stunning. But, be aware again of the road to get down there; the last 9 miles are through sand; literally sand tracks. You do need a 4x4 with decent ground clearance. Or, like we had, an AWD but only if you keep up the momentum and fully focus through those sandy sections; any mistake and you could come to a stop and get dug in a bit.

Fri Apr 05 2019

great time here. no people. DO NOT attempt without 4WD/AllWheel and good clearance. gets extremely sandy, up to a foot. Your sedan will not come close to making this and good luck on getting towed out. Intial part of road is torn up by deep deep ruts thanks to jerk offs going back there when its wet despite warnings not to.

hiking
Wed Apr 03 2019

An amazing place so much to explore in this area! It does require 4x4 to get there and high clearance due to sandy roads.

hiking
Wed Mar 27 2019

Absolutely amazing! Photos cannot do this place justice! 4x4 driving in deep sand and quite a ways off the road, but totally worth it!! Like walking around on another planet!

hiking
Wed Mar 20 2019

I love this place! We bring the kids and dog and make a weekend out of it. Lots to explore! In my opinion, better in the off-season (summer and winter) - it gets crowded in the spring and fall. The tour groups can be obnoxious so try to camp away from them if you can! Otherwise, it’s absolutely beautiful and worth the work to get back there!

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

Amazing!! Gorgeous views and we had the place virtually to ourselves!

hiking
off trail
Wed Mar 13 2019

As you make your way out to the area does require 4x4 vehicle. Depending if there is slushy snow, rain fall and when the sand is dry it is like powder. Take caution. As long as you have a 4 wheel, you’re able to make it out there. After that, it is a really really easy hike.. more like a walk around the pockets. Starting point you will see the parking lot area. Very beautiful site.

Mon Jan 28 2019

This place was amazing. It does require a 4x4 vehicle, and is easier when it is wet and cold to get here, but if you get here, it is amazing. I did a Google Earth Trail here if you want to walk around virtual like in 360 degrees. You can see it on Google Earth or on my blog ShaunasAdventures dot com. If you go, make sure you don't leave until you find the awesome gulch area. it is jaw dropping.

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