Some say the Jeep trail was given the name 3-D because of the way it tours Hidden Canyon. First you drive through the canyon itself. Then you loop around to an overlook from the rim of Hidden Canyon. Finally you climb to an even higher overlook of the whole area, including Hidden Canyon.
Tourist brochures call this "From the desert to the tall pines." From 2.400' to 7,600'.
Major access into the Sycamore Creek drainage. Graded to Sycamore Creek then a Jeep trail after that.
Approximate paved highways Apache Junction Region
A well maintained road between Highway 79 near Florence to Highway 177 near Kearny. The west half is paved and the east half is wide and graded.
Very scenic Jeep trail that climbs to over 5,000’ elevation. One section on a north slope frequently has snow in the winter, so do not go immediately after a strong storm.
From Florence, through Box Canyon and over Mineral Mountain Road to US 60 east of Florence Junction. Access to the heart of Jeeping in this area.
There is a ledge above Box Canyon that really pushes the limit of 2.5, possibly even to 3.0. Lesser stock vehicles will struggle. Many people call this the Box Canyon Waterfall, but it is not really in Box Canyon.
From Cottonwood Canyon Road off Highway 79 up Ajax Wash and out Telegraph Canyon to Superior. A heavily used road that gets bumpier every year.
This is a beautiful Jeep trail that starts out in the heat of the desert near Globe and ends in the cool Ponderosa pines at 6,000' south of Young. You will pass by rugged mountain ridges, interesting rock formations and distant Indian cliff dwellings.
From the Florence - Kelvin Highway to the north side of the Gila River (river level permitting). This is a graded road with only a few spots that erode and wear enough to get the 2.0 rating. The Gila River can be forded when the water flow is under 200 cfs.