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Crossman Peak - Mohave Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,324 feet
Elevation Gain 1,775 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,900 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.3
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Peak
Backpack No
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20  2021-04-10 DixieFlyer
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 58
Routes 505
Photos 7,086
Trips 461 map ( 5,731 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Dec, Nov → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:24am - 7:52pm
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Steep but Sweet
by DixieFlyer

Overview
Crossman Peak (elevation of 5,100 feet and prominence of 3,120 feet) is the Mohave Mountain range's highpoint and is located near Lake Havasu City in western Arizona. Even though the summit elevation is modest by Arizona standards, the elevation of nearby Lake Havasu is only 450 feet, so Crossman Peak rises an impressive 4,500 feet from the lake.

History
The area surrounding Crossman Peak has a robust gold mining history. Along the way to Crossman Peak are several mine adits and shafts. The major mining complex along the trail is the Sunrise Mine, which began operations in 1894 and remained active until the late 1950s.

Hike
The majority of this hike is on a service road that leads up to some communication towers. Once at the towers, an easy-to-follow use trail leads to the summit, roughly 1/2 mile from the towers.

From the parking area, proceed up the service road for almost 2 miles to the communication towers. After going about 1,000 feet, you'll come to a locked gate that restricts vehicular access. Go past the gate and hike up the steep road, which is Thompson Peak steep in a couple of places. Along the way, you'll pass several abandoned mine shafts and adits -- it is NOT a good idea to enter them.

About 1/4 mile below the towers, you'll come to another gate, which was open when this guide's author hiked up to Crossman Peak. There are some signs at the gate warning of radiation danger at the towers and threatening legal action for anyone tampering with the towers. As a result, it is not a good idea to hang around the towers. Instead, walk past the towers and take the use-trail up to the summit.

The use-trail follows a ridgeline and has good views down below of Lake Havasu. There are also some Joshua Trees not far below the summit, which are worth checking out along the way.

There are some nice 360-degree views at the summit, and it is worth spending some time thereafter the steep climb that you made to get there.

Return to the trailhead the same way that you came. On the way down, you'll have nice views of Lake Havasu in front of you the entire way.

Synopsis
This is a nice hike, especially when considering that most of the hike is on a service road. The climb up is steep through a rather drab desert, but the views at the top make easily justify the effort that it took to get there. Views of Lake Havasu on the descent add icing on the cake!

Warning
There are 3 things to keep in mind on this hike:
1) There are several abandoned mine shafts and adits along the hike, which could be dangerous to enter. Please resist the urge to enter.
2) It is wise not to spend time at the communication towers that you pass on the way to the summit.
3) Some portions of the service road on the descent are very steep, with some slippery footing on loose dirt. It might be wise to go slowly on these sections to keep from slipping and falling. It is not likely that you would sustain a serious injury, but you could hurt your pride, as this guide's author found out the hard way.

Check out the Official Route and Triplog.

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.

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2021-04-12 DixieFlyer
    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.

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    To hike
    The trailhead is 4.8 miles down an unpaved road that is a bit rough in places. A high clearance SUV with good tires might be able to get to the trailhead, but it would be safer to drive a 4WD vehicle.

    The unpaved road begins at the eastern end of Bison Blvd. in Lake Havasu City at these coordinates: 34.52098, -114.2728. Google maps will get you to this spot.

    You'll drive 4.8 miles on the unpaved roads to get to the trailhead. Most of the drive is through Fall Springs Wash, and there a couple of forks in the road that are unmarked and aren't really intuitive as to which way to go. It will be helpful to download this GPS track for the drive to the trailhead.

    The GPS coordinates for the trailhead parking are: 34.55204, -114.21087

    The parking area is just before the road makes a sharp 90 degree turn to the right. There is ample parking for several cars at this spot. About 1,000 feet past the parking area is a closed gate that restricts vehicular access. The gate is on a steep hill with no place to park or even turn your vehicle around, so it is unwise to drive past the parking area.
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