All The Elements Of A Garden
Overview: Just north of Kingman, Arizona is a beautiful desert landscape which proved to be worthy of a joint venture by the City of Kingman, the BLM, and the Arizona State Trail System. The investment to develop a series of multi-use trails results in a unique pay off for those willing to look outside the box of well known trails. The area is now known collectively as the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area. All the elements are here for a beautiful family friendly desert garden hike. What a great place to take a time out on the way to or from Las Vegas.
Hike: The trailhead has a restroom but no water available. Starting in a westerly direction head towards the mountain on the old access road. A mine is visible almost immediately in that mountain which is not visible from the highway. This is inviting and certainly needs exploration. What a nice shelter if the need ever arose. Continuing around the mountain a gate is there to discourage any motor vehicles. It is equipped with an animal and pedestrian walk thru. The landscape ahead will certainly remind you of Monument Valley on a small scale.
The first intersection is clearly marked as trail and can be run in either direction. Documented here in a clockwise direction, you will later see that there are a series of loops of varying lengths which can be accomplish here. They are all marked as trail so pay attention to where you have come from. The hike offers total isolation from the busy highways east and south of this canyon and there is no sign of civilization. Towering rock formations are all around and the scenery is straight out of an old western movie. The trail is single track would certainly present a great beginner mountain bike experience. Arriving at the next intersection there is a bench if you wish to relax and take it all in. Proceed to the right for a quarter mile where another intersection appears. Taking another right will bring you back to where you started. The trail in and around the volcanic fields and rock outcroppings is surprisingly smooth and will surely have you stopping here again to take advantage of different light conditions for potentially spectacular photos.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.