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Mar 06 2019
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Lake Havasu Boat-in Hike, AZ 
Lake Havasu Boat-in Hike, AZ
 
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Hiking1.32 Miles 433 AEG
Hiking1.32 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   1.24 mph
433 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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From a BLM boat-in campsite across from Parker Dam, I hiked to the top of this hill, which had a very nice view from the top. I could see up the arm of the lake known as Bill Williams River (where the lake inundates the original creek bed). I could see Parker Dam, which impounds the Colorado River, creating Lake Havasu. And I could see up the lake (or upriver, if you prefer) quite a distance.

A friend and I camped a couple of nights at the boat-in campsite. There are over 100 of these sites on the Arizona side of the lake, south of the city. They mostly all have pit toilets, picnic tables, trash cans, a bit of Bermuda grass lawn, a sandy beach, etc. Very comfy. $10 a night into the "iron ranger." Unlike Lakes Mead and Powell, Lake Havasu is never maintained at a super low level. It is basically always full. This makes it a much more pleasant place to visit--no bathtub ring, no nasty, goopy beaches full of dirty silt. Here are some nice sunset photos and a trip log about the camping and paddling part of the adventure: [ photoset ]

Lake Havasu State Park also shares some territory in this area. It looks as though I hiked into the park land from the BLM land.
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Jan 07 2018
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Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ 
Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ
 
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Hiking9.84 Miles 887 AEG
Hiking9.84 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   1.98 mph
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I tried this out solo in December, and took a small group there this time. It's a nice hike, but it was kind of hard to find those boat-in campsites on the lake. If you get into the wrong little drainage then you have to climb back up the slippery slopes to find the correct one, and there are so many of them! Well, it's all good exploring...

The same messages in the sand were still there, exhorting us to hike nude, but we didn't take them up on it.
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Dec 14 2017
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Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ 
Standard Wash Trail - Lake Havasu, AZ
 
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This is a really gorgeous hike. It starts out as a wide, braided, Mojave Desert wash sprinkled with smoke trees and palos verdes, and framed by craggy buttes. Then the wide wash suddenly narrows and eventually becomes a slot canyon. There is a dry waterfall requiring a bit of a class 4 downclimb (only about 12 feet or so). There is supposed to be a route around it, by going up on top of the bluff and around. I didn't look for it. I'm that kind of gal. I did the downclimb, although I was by myself.

At the bottom end of the hike, near the lake, some real route-finding is necessary. The directions I had, from Lake Havasu City website, were not very good when it came to getting up onto a very crumbly bluff of loose conglomerate. You have to get around the impenetrable brush where the wash meets the lake. It's possible there have been natural changes since the directions were written. I went way too far before looking for a "burro trail by a brushy tree." Next time I'm bringing a chainsaw (haha)!

When looking at my GPS route, please note that you'll want to take my southerly route in both directions!! Go up onto the left bluff WELL BEFORE you reach the thick jungle. A well-defined burro trail takes you up there. There is even a small cairn. You can easily see the trail angling up, if you are looking soon enough. Walk down the left side of the wash. I will post a photo of the burro trail.

Otherwise you will risk life and limb, as I did, trying to climb up that thing further down, next to the brushy area. By the way, I never saw any burro poo on the ground, so either the herds have moved on, or the BLM or State Park removed them from this particular area.

At the lake there are several beaches. I went only to the first one, because I got the stuffing kicked out of me trying to get up that bluff.

If I had followed burro trails further to the south I would have gotten to the BLM boat-in campsites. This truly would make a nice two-or-three-day relaxed backpacking trip, because you could camp in comfort, with a picnic table, pit toilet and ramada, and there would be plenty of water available from the lake. I have camped in these lakeshore sites before (there are dozens of them) while on a kayak camping trip. An "iron ranger" can collect your fee: $10 for a group of 6 or fewer.


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Dec 13 2017
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Mallard Cove / Teal Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking5.22 Miles 516 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.92 mph
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This is a fairly easy loop hike on trail. It goes mostly within the boundaries of Lake Havasu State Park. Heading down Mockingbird Wash, it passes Mallard Cove and ends up at some boat-in campsites on the shore of Lake Havasu, at Teal Point. It starts at the end of a cul-de-sac next to a very fancy home dubbed "The White House." I went with a local hiking group of women from Topock (Golden Shores.)

A couple of years ago it occurred to me that a backpacking trip along the unpopulated south end of the lake, following its eastern shore, might be kind of fun. I have kayak camped all along there. There are a few trails, but even without trails it would be quite doable. You would always have water, and if you wanted a picnic table, there are those boat-in camps all along the way, which see little use in the wintertime. I haven't done it yet, but the idea is cooking. I don't want to leave my car anywhere for days, but now I have friends here who would drop me off and pick me up again.

The Mojave Desert is quite spare and plain when it comes to plant life. Although I love the lush Sonoran Desert, especially around Tucson, I have also come to love the stark simplicity of the Mojave. And it's especially gorgeous when contrasted with water, such as the Colorado River and its reservoirs. Lake Havasu is especially pretty, I think, once you get away from the town, because, unlike lakes Mead and Powell, it never has a bathtub ring. I think they have to keep it full due to the waterworks down by the dam for both the CAP and the Colorado River Aqueduct.

Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau has a hiking page. This hike is on there, with a hand-drawn map: https://golakehavasu.com/activity/hikin ... int-trail/
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Dec 26 2016
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Alamo Lake State ParkNorthwest, AZ
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3 day 2 night road trip up to Alamo Lake State Park with Addie to visit our friend Lauren.
I first headed up a couple days earlier solo to Chandler from Safford to spend Christmas with my family.
Met up with Addie in Chandler on the 26th in the early am and together we made the long drive out to Alamo arriving at 4am.

12/26 - 4am arrival at Alamo Lake State Park. We pulled into the first electric campsite we could find in the dark, ran a small heater into the car and got a couple hours of much needed sleep. The park was very dark, quiet & cold!
Morning came and we spent it just checking out the entire park. We drove all the roads up to the dam, down to the lake & through the campgrounds ..... Alamo is a big place!
10am we met with the asst Manager and got checked into our cabin for the night (Largmouth Lodge) then hiked the short Lake View Loop. That afternoon we met up with our friend Lauren and the 3 of us got the VIP tour of the area from her BF Ron who is a Ranger at the park. He took us beyond the locked gate behind the dam for a short hike down the Bill Williams River Gorge that was just Awesome! If ever I come back, this is what I'll come back to see more of. We then left the park for a late evening/sunset drive out across the desert to an upper river view before returning back and calling it an early night.

12/27 - 5am meet up & start of day #2. With Ron as our driver & tour guide, we departed Alamo Lake for a road trip out to and up the Parker Strip. The plan was to hit all of the State Parks along the strip and end back at London Bridge for dinner. Ron assured us we could get it all done in a day ..... and we did!

#1 Buckskin Mountain State Park - Small park with good Colorado River bend views. We hiked up the Lightning Bolt Trail for the excellent overlook views of the park & river.
#2 River Island State Park - 1.5 miles down the road from Buckskin. Very small camping park along the river. We hiked the Wedge Hill Trail up to the overlook.
#3 Parker Dam - Quick stop and drive over the dam into California.
#4 Cattail Cove State Park - Another small park along the river, my favorite of the 4 we visited. Walked the small white sand beach & park before hiking the Whytes Loop Trail. The trail follows the shoreline with great views of the river/lake and I spent a little time following a very cool slot canyon down to the water.
#5 Lake Havasu State Park - Basically just a huge parking lot with lots of beach. We walked it a bit, got our lake pics then head back to London Bridge.
#6 London Bridge - Dinner was first had at Barley Brothers Brewery with a window view of London Bridge. We then spent the rest of the evening with a walk over the bridge and then down and along the Shoreline Trail out to the Colorado River view. It was a very nice ending to the day along the Parker Strip!

We then made the long drive back to Alamo Lake State Park arriving back well after dark. Unpacked into our 2nd home for the trip in one of the parks resident mobile homes. Bed again came early ending a great day #2!

12/28 - 6am rise for an early start to the long drive back home to Safford. Lauren followed us out from Alamo in her car to Yarnell to hike the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail with us (separate triplog for this one).
After completing the memorial trail, we said our goodbys, Lauren headed back to Alamo as we headed back to Safford.
Arrived back into Safford at 9pm ending another great time spent with my 2 outdoor adventure girls + 1 new friend!

Thank You Ron for the excellent tour service!
Thank You Addie & Lauren XOXOXO

1000 miles
6 AZ State Parks
2 States
2 Rivers
2 lakes
2 Dams
1 Bridge
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