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Margies Cove Trail is a nearly level, 9-mile route through the heart of the 63,200-acre North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness.

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.

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 Wilderness.

Directions: From Arizona Highway 85 or 238, Margies Cove Trail is accessed by Margies Cove West and Margies Cove East trailheads. To access Margies Cove West Trailhead, exit Arizona Highway 85 onto a primitive dirt access road as shown on the map below. Use extreme caution when turning from Highway 85 onto the dirt road. A high-clearance, two- wheel-drive vehicle is suitable for this road. Margies Cove East Trailhead is accessed from Maricopa Road (Arizona Highway 238) as shown on the map below. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended for safe access to the Margies Cove East Trailhead.

 
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