BLM Division Reports
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 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.
MAPS: Margies 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."
- Margies Cove Trail receives the
greatest use from October through April. At other times, the
trail is little used. Always tell a friend or relative where you
are going and when you plan to return.
- 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.
- You may encounter rattlesnakes or other poisonous creatures;
watch for them and be careful where you put your 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
This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example