South Plomosa Range Trail

Bouse, Arizona

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This highly scenic trail winds through the southern end of the Plomosa Range, south of the paved Plomosa Road. The well-formed, ungraded trail is well used and easy to follow. A fairly deep wash at the start of the trail forms a natural barrier to RVs, so this trail does not have the large network of faint trails and campsites that make navigation tricky on many of the other trails in the Plomosa Range. The trail winds through a pathway in the range, passing close to dramatic, steep red walls as it climbs into the hills. Close to the northern end, a spur trail leads 2.8 miles to the remains of the Southern Cross Mine. There are a few small stone ruins, extensive diggings, adits, shafts, and a large wooden ore hopper—all located near the foot of Ibex Peak. Special Attractions: Remains of the Southern Cross Mine; Views of Haystack Peak and Ibex Peak; Winding, remote desert trail through the Plomosa Range; Bouse Fisherman intaglio. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

South Plomosa Range Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This highly scenic trail winds through the southern end of the Plomosa Range, south of the paved Plomosa Road. The well-formed, ungraded trail is well used and easy to follow. A fairly deep wash at the start of the trail forms a natural barrier to RVs, so this trail does not have the large network of faint trails and campsites that make navigation tricky on many of the other trails in the Plomosa Range. The trail winds through a pathway in the range, passing close to dramatic, steep red walls as it climbs into the hills. Close to the northern end, a spur trail leads 2.8 miles to the remains of the Southern Cross Mine. There are a few small stone ruins, extensive diggings, adits, shafts, and a large wooden ore hopper—all located near the foot of Ibex Peak.

Special Attractions: Remains of the Southern Cross Mine; Views of Haystack Peak and Ibex Peak; Winding, remote desert trail through the Plomosa Range; Bouse Fisherman intaglio. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Bouse
Distance: 16.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Maps: USGS Ibex Peak, Plomosa Pass, Bouse SW, Blythe; BLM Blythe
Driving Directions: Directions to South Plomosa Range Trail

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