|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, palo verde, ironwood, and Mexican jumping bean complement the 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.Margies Cove Trail intersects the northern terminus of the Brittlebush Trail in the interior of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness.|
|Facilities: Margies Cove West Trailhead includes day-use parking for ten vehicles, three campsites with picnic tables and steel fire rings, a vault toilet, and informational signage. Margies Cove East Trailhead has day-use parking for five vehicles and informational signage.There is no drinking water; trail users must bring their own.|
Best Time To Visit: Margies Cove Trail receives the greatest use from October through April. At other times, the trail is little used.
Fees: No entry fees apply.
Rules: Always tell a friend or relative where one is going and when a return is planned. Drinking water is not provided at Margies Cove West or Margies Cove East trailheads, so bring plenty. The North Maricopa Mountains are prone to heavy rains and flash floods. Do not attempt to cross flooded washes.Hikers may encounter rattlesnakes or other poisonous creatures; watch for them and be careful where putting hands and feet. Do not harass reptiles - most bites result from people playing with, collecting or attempting to kill them.Fires are not allowed in the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness.Pets must be on-leash at all times.
Directions: To get to North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness from Washington Street(Phoenix): Go North to Central Avenue, turn left on Adams Street get onto I-17 towards Flagstaff, take exit number 217B. Continue onto Black Canyon Highway, turn right on Deer Valley Drive. Turn right on north 7th avenue and end at Margies Cove Trail.
Map: Click here for a map to Margies Cove Trail
Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted for use of the Margies Cove Trail.
|Bureau of Land Management - Phoenix Field Office|
|21605 N.7th Avenue|
|Phoenix, Arizona 85027|
|General: (623) 580-5500|