Margies Cove West Trailhead
Margies Cove Trail is a nearly level, 9-mile route through the heart of the 63,200-acre North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness. The North Maricopa Mountains are a jumble of long ridges and isolated peaks separated by extensive, saguaro-studded bajadas and wide desert washes. Cholla, ocotillo, prickly pear, paloverde, ironwood, and Mexican jumping bean complement thick stands of saguaro to form classic Sonoran Desert vistas. Commonly seen wildlife include desert mule deer, javelina, desert bighorn sheep, coyote, desert tortoise, and numerous varieties of lizards and birds.
Margies Cove Trail follows a combination of former vehicle tracks and wide, unmarked desert washes. No trail signage or directional markers are available along the route; therefore, this trail is recommended only for experienced hikers skilled in reading topographic maps; use the USGS 7.5 minute “Butterfield Pass, Ariz.” and “Cotton Center SE, Ariz.” topo maps. Margies Cove Trail intersects the northern terminus of the Brittlebush Trail in the interior of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness.
Only hiking and equestrian use is allowed in wilderness under the Wilderness Act of 1964. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are prohibited in wilderness.
Includes day-use parking for ten vehicles, a campground featuring three campsites with picnic tables and steel fire rings, a vault toilet, and informational signage.
To access Margies Cove West Trailhead, drive Arizona Highway 85 to Woods Road (just south of mile post 134) and turn east. At the cattleguard/dirt road, turn left and follow the brown MARGIES COVE TRAIL signs which guide you west then north along the Hwy 85 fenceline, then east 3.8 miles to Route 8001E. Turn right onto Route 8001E and drive south 1.2 miles to the trailhead. A high-clearance, two-wheel-drive vehicle is suitable for this road.
Note: There is no motorized access to Margies Cove East Trailhead until further notice. Contact the BLM for more information.