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Crack in the Mountain Trail

Intermediate
 4.9 (8)

This is a very popular and scenic hike that follows a wash to the shoreline of Lake Havasu.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

858' 262 m

High

469' 143 m

Low

347' 106 m

Up

477' 146 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

Description

This is a very popular and scenic trail that follows a wash to the shoreline of Lake Havasu. The hike takes about three to four hours and is just over two miles each way. Hikers have the option of staying in the wash and going through the "Crack," a narrow slot canyon, or go up a parallel route following the wash on the hillside and back into the wash trail. Like most desert wash trails, flash floods pose a danger. Flooding can be a hazard because several small washes funnel into the large wash creating the narrow slot canyon. If recent significant rain has occurred, small pools form within the narrow passages. While the pools are passable, the rocks are slippery and the pools can be 2 feet deep or more and hiking the trail is not advised. The crack has a steep slide rock portion thats fairly easy going down, but very hard to climb back up. Most hikers choose to hike down the crack and take the upper trail to bypass the crack on the way back. The upper trail on the return crosses or rejoins the wash trail and main trail shortly before arriving back at the trailhead.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Stella L

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  4.9 from 8 votes

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#488

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View of Lake Havasu
Jan 15, 2020 near Lake Ha…, AZ
Almost out of slot
Feb 9, 2021 near Lake Ha…, AZ

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Jan 2, 2022
Kurt Montgomery
Dec 27, 2021
James Hope
Mar 25, 2021
Michael Schieferecke
trail not well marked. 6.2mi — 3h 30m
Oct 24, 2020
laura bafford
Oct 24, 2020
Stephen Bafford
Jan 18, 2020
Bear Rinehart
w juliet
Oct 14, 2019
Martin H
Sep 29, 2019
Fei He