Mossback Wash Trail

Bullhead City, Arizona

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This narrow, winding single track meanders through some spectacular Black Mountains scenery before dropping into Mossback Wash. It leaves from Thumb Butte Trail along a wash, before climbing out and winding its way over ridges, dropping often to cross through narrow gully washes. After 2.6 miles, the trail passes Mossback Mine, another of John Moss’s claims. The mine has large tailings heaps and adits. Nearby are caves reputed to be the hideout of some German prisoners of war from World War II who escaped from the camp in Kingman. Special Attractions: Viewing wild burros and bighorn sheep; Spectacular scenery in the Black Mountains; Mossback Mine and German Soldiers Caves. 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.

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"This narrow, winding single track meanders through some spectacular Black Mountains scenery before dropping into Mossback Wash. It leaves from Thumb Butte Trail along a wash, before climbing out and winding its way over ridges, dropping often to cross through narrow gully washes. After 2.6 miles, the trail passes Mossback Mine, another of John Moss’s claims. The mine has large tailings heaps and adits. Nearby are caves reputed to be the hideout of some German prisoners of war from World War II who escaped from the camp in Kingman.

Special Attractions: Viewing wild burros and bighorn sheep; Spectacular scenery in the Black Mountains; Mossback Mine and German Soldiers Caves. 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: Bullhead City
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Local Maps: USGS Oatman, Davis Dam; BLM Davis Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Mossback Wash Trail

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May 2018