This hike is in the Boots and Burgers book. I took the crack (yellow trail) down and the ridgeline (blue trail) back.
The trailhead had parking for 10 or so cars with more across the street. The first .2 miles or so are on a dirt road. After that you drop into a wash. You will see signs with the yellow marking from time to time but also side trails here and there. Stay in the wash/cracks all the way until right before the river. The wash will be choked out by Tamarisk but the trail will go up and around on the right and you will see the river. The slot canyon is cool and there is one spot with a rope. It's only seven feet down and you can slide it. The rope would help coming up but if you do the loop you won't have to worry about it. When you get to the river do the horseshoe hike around the cove and there is a neat picnic area with table,grill, and outhouse. I think the boaters use it and there is a self pay station on a first come basis. Would be cool to Kayak,picnic, and hike up to crack. From there your on the blue trail. just go up the ridge and follow it back. It merges with the Yellow trail when you are about .9 miles from the trailhead. This was a fun little loop.
The second part in the book is the burger. They suggest Jersey's Grill. It doesn't open until 11 on Wednesday's so I had an hour to wait. I went over and walked the London Bridge while I waited. It was cool and I liked the character of it and the cool light poles. Back to Jersey's Grill and I had the burger with the Philly meat on it. MmmMmm Tasty!! I had a fun time for a half day in Lake Havasu.
Haz lists this as one way. My mileage is for a balloon loop.
I plan on doing some trail description for some of the trails in SARA's Park. But descriptions are always more arduous than simple write ups so I am going to take care of the write ups first. Went back to SARA one more time before having to head home. Main goal was two fold: try to gather some trail info for Crack in the Mountain and to continue to do some trail gridding for some northern mountain trails. Started off by going down the Yellow Trail and doing The Crack in the Mountain. Very cool! Even doing it on back to back days. After the slot though, I got out of the wash and headed over to the Blue Trail. There were a couple of side trails that I needed to hit just to the west and north of the Blue/Yellow connector trail. After that, did a side trail (this trail is really more than a side trail and is worthy of it own designation) that goes up the back side (west side) of the mountain. Beautiful rock formations! Arches and cubby holes galore. This trail took me up to the south saddle, prior to the final climb to Picnic Table Peak (also called Lizard Peak). Since I had done the peak the previous day (hopefully to be described in HAZ soon) I took another trail down east side of the saddle. The trail starts to do a lot of branching off on this side and this is where I picked up with my gridding. I did a lot of back and forth as I tried to hit every trail that spun off the main east saddle trail. There were some great scenic overlooks with some steep drop offs. Didn't come close to doing all the trails so I definitely plan on making some return trips! No wildlife today, though I meet Bill again. A Canadian hiker who I had met the day before. He was a hard core ultra hiker who did 60, 80, 100k hikes primarily in the northwest. Sounded like he had quite few stories to tell. I mentioned HAZ and getting his experiences online, but he had been doing for over 30 years, tech free, and didn't seem inclined to change. Too bad. People like that have a wealth of information that will be loss to future hikers. Great hike/run today. I'll be missing this park.
Second trip to "SARA's Network" of the day. This time I came back with my wife to do Crack in the Mountain. The park people have also dubbed this the Yellow Trail. The trail has markers approximately every .2 miles all the way down to Lake Havasu. The slot canyon was ultra cool! First experience with one. I wasn't measuring but the slot portion of the hike might have lasted .25 miles, maybe a little more. Only a couple of challenging parts. The rope was still there for the 7 foot slide and the one "pool" of water had a rock in the middle that allowed you to keep your feet dry. The rest of the hike to the waters edge was down a wide wash that gradual sloped down to Lake Havasu. Some of the wash areas were very nice with varying rock formations. The cove where the trail came to the lake was very nice! Very tranquil. Sat down at waters edge and got "attacked" by "wild" ducks. They were practically crawling in our laps for handouts. Very brave! Probably not the best characteristic for a duck to have. On the return trip stayed in the wash for most of it, but took one of many side trails out to avoid going up the slot. Saw quite a chipmunks and the ducks but no other wildlife. Fantastic afternoon with the wife!
This was a fun loop hike. I went with a local group, which I've always found is a good way to learn new trails and routes. Going hiking with 16 people is not my idea of a wilderness experience, but it was fun getting acquainted with them--very nice group. We went down "SARA's Crack," as it is known locally. (Nobody actually calls it "Crack in Mountain" except the City government.) Before I forget, "SARA" stands for "Special Activities and Recreation Area."
The Crack had water in it from recent rains. Several of us had brought sandals. It took a bit of negotiating to get 16 people of varying physical abilities through it, but everyone made it. At one point there is a rope. At another point there is a sort of dicey move to avoid a pool. Then there is the unavoidable pool. The water was only about knee deep, but very chilly. Then on down the wash we went, and quickly reached the lake. I had been to this part of the lake before in my kayak. Gorgeous area!
We made a loop hike, and also got some nice AEG by taking a different path on the way back which led us to the top of a hill where there is a picnic table. There is a well-beaten trail to this hill, and another equally good trail leading down and back to the original wash.
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Took an overnight road trip with the wife and a friend to scope out the Desert Bar near Parker. There was a geocache along this trail that I wanted to hit the next day. Made for a nice little leg stretcher before heading back to Phoenix.
Parking at the trailhead is plentiful. About a mile or so into the hike there is a nice little slot canyon. One place is a bit of a drop, or climb if you are coming back out. Someone had thoughtfully left a rope, one end securely wedged into a rock crevice. Easy to get down using the rope. On the way out some teenies ahead of us had used the rope, then pulled it out of its anchor and tossed it to the bottom. Wow, thanks (though that wasn't the actual words I used and luckily for them I never caught up to them). No problem. Hoisted the slender friend up the slick rock and she secured the anchor once again.
(late posting this triplog. didn't realize the trail was in the index here)
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