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Margie's Cove Trail

Margie's 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. Margie's Cove Trail intersects the northern terminus of the Brittlebush Trail in the interior of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness. Margie's Cove Trail is not mapped; however, the route is depicted on the USGS 7.5-minute topographic maps "Butterfield Pass, Ariz." and "Cotton Center SE, Ariz." The remainder of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness is depicted on USGS 7.5- minute topographic maps "Margies Peak, Ariz.," and "Mobile NW, Ariz."

Directions: Margie's Cove Trail is accessed by Margie's Cove West and Margie's Cove East trailheads. To access Margie's Cove West Trailhead, exit Arizona Highway 85 at Woods Road (see Map). Turn east from U.S. Highway 85 onto Woods Road, cross the cattleguard, and follow the primitive road to the left around the corner of the right-of-way fence. Continue north adjacent to the right-of-way fence one mile, and turn right onto the primitive dirt road (BLM Route 8001) heading to the east. This is the access road to the Margies Cove Trail, West Trailhead. A high-clearance, two-wheel-drive vehicle is suitable for this road.