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Jan 24, 2004
I found a listing of many interesting 4X4 trails in the Florence area in a great book - "Arizona Backroads and 4WD Trails" - and posted a message on the www.AZdualsports.com website to see if anyone wanted to ride there.  Mike, Carl and David, all on KTM640's decided to go, and despite lousy weather - who ever heard of a rainy Saturday in Arizona - we had a great ride along Price Road, Box Canyon and the Martinez Cabin trail. Really liked the spectacular rock formations in Martinez Canyon, even in the mist.
Martinez Cabin Trail
A wet trail in AZ?
The actual cabin 
Martinez Canyon 

After Carl and David left early, we headed down the Coke Ovens Trail.  Most of it was quite easy but a few sections involved rock slabs and steps or steep loose hills, so overall the trail wasn't suitable for beginners.  It seems to be a very popular area and we saw several other people on the trails - jeeps, ATVs, and dirt bikes.

Coke Ovens Trail

The coke ovens were interesting but I couldn't believe the amount of garbage left there by inconsiderate visitors - beer cans and bottles, and junk.  The trail guide book said the ovens are on private land and were previously closed to the public - I wonder how long before they are closed again.

The Coke Ovens

There's many trails in this area and we'll definitely return for more exploring - probably on a sunny day!

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