Falls Springs Wash Trail

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

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This trail leaves from the eastern side of Lake Havasu City’s limits along a well-used, dirt trail marked by an information board. It is an easy ride as it travels along the ridge before dropping to enter Falls Springs Wash. The wash is smooth as it climbs steadily up to the south side of the Mohave Mountains. The vegetation is the ubiquitous creosote bush, ocotillo, and some fairly large, scattered saguaro—this is the northernmost point of their distribution. The trail then turns right into a narrow and twisty side canyon. The left turn at this point dead-ends 2 miles further at a locked gate marking the start of the trail up to the radio towers. Special Attractions: Northernmost point of the saguaro cactus distribution; Well-used trail traveling up a wash; Bison Falls. 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.

Falls Springs Wash Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail leaves from the eastern side of Lake Havasu City’s limits along a well-used, dirt trail marked by an information board. It is an easy ride as it travels along the ridge before dropping to enter Falls Springs Wash. The wash is smooth as it climbs steadily up to the south side of the Mohave Mountains. The vegetation is the ubiquitous creosote bush, ocotillo, and some fairly large, scattered saguaro—this is the northernmost point of their distribution. The trail then turns right into a narrow and twisty side canyon. The left turn at this point dead-ends 2 miles further at a locked gate marking the start of the trail up to the radio towers.

Special Attractions: Northernmost point of the saguaro cactus distribution; Well-used trail traveling up a wash; Bison Falls. 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: Lake Havasu City
Distance: 10.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: 3,100 feet
Local Maps: USGS Lake Havasu City South, Lake Havasu City North, Crossman Peak, Needles; BLM Needles
Driving Directions: Directions to Falls Springs Wash Trail

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May 2018