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Mohave County Hiking Trails

There are numerous excellent trail systems throughout Mohave County in our western desert. They climb rugged mountains, cross deep canyons and ascend juniper-covered hillsides. Spring and fall months provide the best hiking weather. Summers can be very hot but it is still pleasant to hike early and late in the day. Winter nights are cold but days are often mild and hiking can be enjoyable. See our excellent, printable trail maps for detailed information on the trail systems listed below.

Cerbat Foothills Trail

Description: The City of Kingman and Kingman Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, with funding from the Trails Heritage Fund, have completed a trail system within the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area (CFRA). The 11,300 acre CFRA is a mixture of Federal, State, County, City, and private lands. A management plan for the area was approved in 1995 by the City of Kingman and BLM. The plan sets a framework for long-term cooperative management of City and BLM controlled lands for recreational purposes. Human occupations in the CFRA date back at least 4,000 years. Late Archaic, Cerbat, Cohonina, and Hualapai people lived here. In 1871 the Army built a military post at Camp Beale Springs and established a temporary reservation for the Hualapai Tribe in this area. The CFRA provides habitat for mule deer, Sonoran desert tortoise, coyotes, foxes, Gambel’s quail, mourning dove, several types of raptors, and many smaller mammals, birds, and reptiles. The CFRA is in an area of Mohave Desert scrub/semi-desert grassland, with yucca, beavertail, prickly pear, creosote, and mesquite.

Directions: To get to Badger Trailhead from Kingman, follow Highway 93 five miles north from city limits. The trailhead is located one-quarter mile noth of the Highway 68 intersection (the first right turn after the intersection).

General Location: Kingman Area
Trail Distance:

  • Camp Beale Loop - 3.26 miles
  • Badger Trail - 3.20 miles
  • Castle Rock Trail - 4.45 miles
  • Cook Canyon Trail - 8.10 miles 

Trail Type: Non-Motorized.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Trail Use Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Keep to the right of the trail, save the left for passing.
  • All downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
  • Approach each turn as if someone were around the corner.
  • Keep pets under control and/or on a leash when on the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Cherum Peak Trail

Description: The route climbs steadily to gain about 700 feet of elevation over the first two miles, passing through patches of pinion pine woodland and Arizona chaparral bush. At about the two-mile mark, you will be high on the crest of the Cerbat Mountains, with spectacular panoramic views of the Black Mountains to the west, and the Music Mountains to the east. Hikers continuing on from this point will find that the trail ties into a little-used jeep road about one-quarter mile later. Following the jeep road for a short distance, you will be just below Cherum Peak summit. The trail once again becomes a single track at this point, leading to the summit. Horses and mountain bikes are not recommended on the last 1/4 mile of the trail leading to the peak.

Directions: On Highway 93, 20 miles north of Kingman at milepost 51, BLM's Big Wash Road heads northeast. Follow this road about 13 miles, past Windy Point and Packsaddle recreation sites. The Cherum Peak trailhead will be located on your left, just before the road begins to descend steeply toward Chloride. Park alongside the road not blocking traffic. High clearance vehicles are recommended on Big Wash Road, although four-wheel drive is not necessary. Higher elevations of this road may become impassible during periods of snow or prolonged rainfall.

General Location: 12 miles northwest of Kingman
Trail Distance: 2.5 miles
Trail Type: Non-motorized.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Best Season: September through June; road conditions permitting.
Elevation: 6,000 feet (trailhead); 6,983 feet (Cherum Peak summit)

Trail Use Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Keep to the right of the trail, save the left for passing.
  • All downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
  • Approach each turn as if someone were around the corner.
  • Keep pets under control and/or on a leash when on the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Crack In The Mountain Trail

Description: This scenic trail passes through one of the most famous slot canyons on the Lower Colorado. It ends at a scenic cove on the lake beside Balance Rock, a huge rock mass precariously balanced atop a narrow column of stone. Big Horn Sheep are common!

Directions: Go south on HWY 95 to McCulloch Blvd (mp 177). Turn right into SARA PARK and go ¾ mile to the trailhead on the right. Go through the gate and follow either trail (yellow or red) down to the canyon, which narrows to an arms width, tumbling down a series of dry falls through the crack. Except for a seven-foot dry fall, you can, with care, readily negotiate the drops. The seven-footer is smooth and can be slid down, like in a playground. It is possible to climb back up on the rocks alongside the waterfall. NOTE: (After a rain, water may block your passage.) The crack widens just before mile 1.4. Those not wishing to walk the additional mile to the lake can ascend the right bank on a trail which climbs to the upper route (blue trail) for the return. Otherwise, continue down the wash. When blocked by greenery, go up the trail on the right (blue), then cut left on the spur to the green trail over to the campsite at Balanced Rock cove (2.5 miles). The return is usually made all the way back on the upper route which meets the yellow and red trails.

General Location: Lake Havasu City area
Trail Distance: 5 miles
Trail Type: Non-motorized
Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Use Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Keep to the right of the trail, save the left for passing.
  • All downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
  • Approach each turn as if someone were around the corner.
  • Keep pets under control and/or on a leash when on the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Dolan Springs Trail

Description: Hiking, horse back riding, mountain bike riding is allowed and encouraged on these trails. The trail is accessible to both young and old. This section is 480 acres and has approximately 4 to 10 miles of trails for you to enjoy. It has a drive thru horse trailer parking area, hitching rail, and a small parking lot. The trail is located between 15th St and 13th St. The beauty of this trail is that it is at the base of Mt. Mitten, at the far north end of the Cerbat Mountain range and also the most northern part of the Mt. Tipton Wilderness Area.

Directions: To get to section 30, drive up N. Pierce Ferry Road to 15th St, then right turn to Lost Mine Road, and at the intersection of 14th St and the Jeep trail, you will find the parking lot. Look for the flag there to mark the spot. The trail itself has flags and other markings for you to mark the trail itself. The trail is just beyond Mt Tipton school on Pierce Ferry Road.

General Location: Dolan Springs Area
Trail Distance: X miles
Trail Type: Non-motorized; multi-use.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Use Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Keep to the right of the trail, save the left for passing.
  • All downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
  • Approach each turn as if someone were around the corner.
  • Keep pets under control and/or on a leash when on the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Aspen Springs Trail

Description: The Aspen Springs Trail is located in the prestine Hualapai Mountain Park and is avaialble to hikers, moutain bikers, and equestrians to enjoy. The trail provides spectacular views of the desert below and the mountain ranges in the distance.Construction of the trail system began in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has been improved upon ever since.

Directions: From Kingman, take County Highway 147 to Hualapai Mountain Park and follow the posted signs.

General Location: Hualapai Mountain Park; Kingman Area
Trail Distance: 10 miles
Trail Type: Non-motorized
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Best Season: September through June; road conditions permitting.

Trail Use Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Keep to the right of the trail, save the left for passing.
  • All downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
  • Approach each turn as if someone were around the corner.
  • Keep pets under control and/or on a leash when on the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Whiterock Canyon Trail

Description: White Rock Canyon is a strikingly beautifu volcanic area below Hoover Dam that also offers a pleasant natural hot spring in a nearby side canyon. The Arizona Hot Spring consists of groundwater that is heated at depth by contact with molten rock and moves to the surface through faults at the rate of 400 gallons per minute. The water temperature is between 85-120 degrees Fahrenheit. It is highly mineralized containing, chloride, sulphate, sodium, potassium, calcium and floride.

Directions: This hike is located along Highway 93, south of the Hoover Dam in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 45 minutes northwest of Kingman. From Kingman, drive out to Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Highway 93 and down to the White Rock Canyon Trailhead. Park here; this is the trailhead. From the trailhead at the far end of the parking area by the information kiosk (Table 2, Wpt. 01), a trail runs down the hillside into White Rock Wash and down under the Highway 93 bridges. Just past the southbound bridge, the old trailhead signs (Wpt. 01a) introduce the route. The route then follows the wash all the way to the Colorado River.

General Location: White Hills Area
Trail Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous.
Trail Type: Non-Motorized.

Trail Use Guidelines:

  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Keep to the right of the trail, save the left for passing.
  • All downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
  • Approach each turn as if someone were around the corner.
  • Keep pets under control and/or on a leash when on the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.