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Mohave Wash Trail
Status: Open | Trail Type: Loop | Length: 34 miles | Approx. Time: 3-4 hours
How to get there: From Lake Havasu City, head south on Highway 95. Follow the highway for 6.5 miles to mile marker 173. About half a mile south of the mile post, the turnoff for the trail is marked with a kiosk on the left-hand side. If you reach a gravel pit, you’ve gone too far. Staging is available just off 95
The trail: Head to the south part of the staging area to start the trail. The road you want heads northeast and passes along the edge of the gravel pit. After about 0.8 miles, the trail begins to follow a series of small washes. Route finding can be confusing so follow the most traveled path. Standard Wash gets wider the further northeast you go. At around 2.5 miles, all the channels meet up as the wash passes in between two mountains. As the wash turns sharp right at 4.1 miles, there are a couple of old mines to explore on the left if you have some extra time. Continue following Standard Wash until it forks at 5.1 miles. This is the beginning of the loop.
Stay to the left to stay in Standard Wash. The road weaves back and forth along the bottom of the wash, but all ends up in the same place. At about 7.7 miles, the trail leaves the wash and becomes Dutch Flat Road. Follow the road as it winds through some low hills. The trail forks at 9.2 miles, where you need to make an important right turn off the main road into a small wash. The trail soon leaves the Middle Mohave Wash but rejoins it at 10.2 miles. Follow wash east-southeast as several drainage’s join from the left. The wash gets progressively wider the further downstream you get. At 13.0 miles the trail enters a very scenic canyon section, a nice change of pace from the trail thus far.
At 16.9 miles, the wash you’ve been following drops into a larger wash. Off to the left a couple hundred feet upstream is an old water pump and corral. Proceed right (south) in larger wash when done. At 18.6 miles you need to make another important right turn into another, smaller wash heading west. Follow most traveled path. West Mohave Wash continues uphill and northwest. The trail leaves the wash at 26.5 miles and returns to hard packed dirt. The road continues in and out of several more washes before arriving back to Standard Wash at 28.5 miles. This marks the end of the loop. Stay left and continue 5.1 miles back to the staging area.
Summary/Trail Ratings: The hardest part of this trail is simply the route finding. With so many washes, they all begin to look the same after a while. Carry a GPS and know the route before setting out. The total mileage is just under 34 miles. It’s very easy to add more miles exploring the numerous other washes. Allow for 3-4 hours to complete the trail. We’ve rated the trail a ‘2’ out of ‘10’. 90% of the time is spent in washes which have sections of deep sand. All the dirt roads are fairly easy. High clearance isn’t required but you want to make sure you don’t dig into the sand. Stock SUV’s should do fine. Perfect play area for dirt bikes, ATV’s, and UTV’s.
Backway to Oatman
Status: Open | Trail Type: One-way | Length: 10.2 miles one-way | Approx. Time: 1-2 hours
How to get there: From Bullhead City, head south on Highway 95 for 10 miles to the small town of Willow Valley. Turn left onto Willow Drive and follow it 3.1 miles east through farmland to the start of the trail. Road becomes dirt. Staging available north of the trail where the road splits. You’ll want to stay left onto the lesser traveled road to start the trail. If you’re coming from Oatman, proceed 4 miles south on Route 66. Turn right off paved Route 66 where the road crests due west of Boundary Cone.
The trail: The road departs the staging/play area and heads northeast. The trail remains wide and gently climbs as it crosses through numerous washes. Just before the 2.0 mile mark, you’ll pass through the former site of Milltown and come to a junction. There is a large water tank and info kiosk to the left. To get to the town site and the few remnants, turn right. Continue northeast as the trail levels off.
At 2.7 miles you’ll cross a small wash and make an important left turn off the main road. This turn should be marked but may still be easy to miss. You’ll now be heading northwest as the trail begins following along the old Mohave and Milltown Railroad bed off to the left. The trail remains mostly easy as it continues crossing washes and gently climbing. Turn back northeast at 3.2 miles. At 3.5 miles, the road crosses over the railroad bed, now easily visible. At 3.9 miles, the trail drops into a wide wash. Continue straight across it and stay north as other tracks lead both left and right. Conditions will likely vary in the wash bottom depending on how recently it rained. Exit the wash and return to dirt at 4.1 miles.
The trail continues to meander towards Boundary Cone as it follows the railroad bed. Cross over it again several times, including at 5.3 miles and again at 5.8 miles. At 6.4 miles, cross under powerlines. You’ll come to a more traveled road running left-right at 6.7 miles. Stay straight on the lesser traveled trail. Cross over the railroad bed one final time at 6.8 miles. The trail begins to be pinched by two washes from either side. Enter a wide wash at 8.2 miles as they join together. Follow the vehicle tracks through the wash and make an important right turn out of the wash at 8.3 miles. The turnoff is signed but easy to miss. The trail remains uneventful till the end as it approaches Boundary Cone. Turn right at the junction at 9.4 miles and take a hard left at 9.6 miles. The trail ends at historic Route 66 at 10.2 miles. Continue left 4 miles to get to Oatman. Topock is to the right.
Summary/Trail Ratings: Overall this is an easy trail. We’ve rated this trail a ‘3’ out of ‘10’. High clearance required but 4-wheel drive not needed unless there has been a recent rain. The sections of trail on dirt are easy but the sections in the wash could vary. The trail is often faint and lightly traveled. Stock SUV’s with 2WD are fine. One way, this trail is 10.2 miles. Allow for about 1-2 hours to do the trail and make a few stops. If you’ve never been to Oatman, you should definitely check it out. This trail, and the surrounding area offer a lot of historical features if you’re into that sort of thing. The Mohave and Milltown narrow gauge railroad was built in 1903 for $250,000. It was closed just a year later.
Hualapai Mountains Trail
Status: Seasonal | Trail Type: One-way | Length: 33 miles one-way | Approx. Time: 5-6 hours
How to get there: This trail begins in Hualapai Mountain Park 14 miles southeast of Kingman. From I-40 in Kingman, take Stockton Hill Road south. Continue straight across Route 66 as road becomes Hualapai Mountain Road. Follow this for 12 miles as it climbs to the park. The trail begins at the intersection of Flag Mine Road & Hualapai Mountain Road. There are staging areas available but require a $7 day pass. Check with the park headquarters building for more details or call 928-681-5700 for current conditions. This trail can also be completed in reverse, starting near Yucca and continuing up through Boriana Mine.
The trail: From the intersection of Flag Mine Road & Hualapai Mountain Road in the county park, turn right onto Flag Mine Road and head south. The road climbs through a residential area before leaving the county park. The road continues climbing in and out of trees as you traverse shelf road. The trail begins downhill with a switchback at 2.4 miles. The trail forks at 3.2 and 3.4 miles. Stay left at the first and right at the second as road becomes Road 7101 and goes west. Trail remains fairly uneventful as it twists through the trees.
At 6.0 miles you’ll reach a highpoint as the trail exits the trees and begins a section of narrow, downhill shelf road. Use caution on this as the road gets rougher. Trail continues to follow ridgeline of mountains for the next 5 miles and is especially scenic. Reach the highpoint of the trail (7,077’) at 11.2 miles. After this, the road becomes rougher still as it switchbacks down the ridge of the range. After about a mile, the trail levels back out at around 12.9 miles. Trail continues descending.
The trail levels back out after the 15.0 mile mark. Stay right at 16.0 miles where 7101R goes left to Pine Flat. At 17.6 miles the trail reaches a nice lookout above the Boriana Mine before the last and roughest descent. After 17.6 miles, the trail returns to a narrow, rocky shelf road. Use caution as many sections are not wide enough for two vehicles to pass. Several switchbacks at 18.7 miles. At 19.4 miles, the Boriana Mine can be found off to the right. Several structures remain at what was once the largest tungsten mine in Arizona. The mine was closed after a fire in 1957.
Continue southwest as trail leaves Boriana Mine downhill. The trail follows along a creek which it crosses several times. Road condition may vary depending on how recently it rained and was maintained. Stay to the left as another road joins from the right at 21.9 miles. The road remains rocky and washed out in sections as it continues past another mine off to the right at 24.9 miles. From here to the end, the road gets progressively wider and more maintained as it passes several houses and ranches. The trail ends at the paved Alamo Road at 33.3 miles. Continue right to reach I-40 and the small town of Yucca, which has services.
Summary/Trail Ratings: The difficulty of this trail seems to vary greatly depending on two factors: when it was last maintained and how the recent storms have deteriorated it. It is safe to say that high-clearance and 4-wheel drive are required. We’ve noticed on the side of caution and rated this trail a ‘5’ out of ‘10’. Novice drivers or people with a fear of heights not recommended due to the numerous shelf roads. To complete the 33 miles from Hualapai Mountain Park to I-40, allow for 5-6 hours. This is a long trail and much of it is slow and go. Camping and numerous hiking trails available in the county park at the beginning of the trail. Easily extend your trip by adding a night or two in the area. Those wishing for a shorter trail can consider beginning at I-40 in Yucca and riding to Boriana Mine. You can avoid the rough shelf roads by doing just the beginning of the drive. Also, much of the trail around Hualapai Mountain Park is easy and scenic. It is not recommended to do this trail when there is snow and ice on the road.