Packsaddle Mountain Loop Trail

Kingman, Arizona

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The well-used dirt road initially follows alongside Big Wash, gradually climbing as it makes its way to the Cerbat Mountains. There are a few primitive campsites along this stretch, set within the juniper, Mohave yucca, and cactus. Six miles from the start, the trail starts to climb in earnest, switchbacking its way up the side of the range. This long section of shelf road is usually wide enough for two vehicles to pass easily. The trail is graded, but it can be rough in spots. All along the fairly steep climb, there are views back along Big Wash and then higher up over Detrital Valley to the Black Mountains. Near the Packsaddle Recreation Area, there is a distant view across the Hualapai Valley to the Music Mountains. 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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"The well-used dirt road initially follows alongside Big Wash, gradually climbing as it makes its way to the Cerbat Mountains. There are a few primitive campsites along this stretch, set within the juniper, Mohave yucca, and cactus. Six miles from the start, the trail starts to climb in earnest, switchbacking its way up the side of the range. This long section of shelf road is usually wide enough for two vehicles to pass easily. The trail is graded, but it can be rough in spots. All along the fairly steep climb, there are views back along Big Wash and then higher up over Detrital Valley to the Black Mountains. Near the Packsaddle Recreation Area, there is a distant view across the Hualapai Valley to the Music Mountains.

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: Kingman
Distance: 16.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,300 feet
Local Maps: USGS Grasshopper Junction, Chloride, Davis Dam; BLM Davis Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Packsaddle Mountain Loop Trail

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May 2018