Description: BLM road climbs through forested mining country. Visit historic Gold King Mansion a few feet from trail. Camp in Wild Cow Spring Campground (fee area). Deep washouts, challenging rock obstacles and steep climbs. Frequently narrow road with tight brush. Excellent articulation or lockers required. High ground clearance a must. Not suitable for stock sport utility vehicles. Avoid this trail when heavy rains are forecast because dangerous flash flooding is possible.
Time & Distance: The trail is about 14 miles. Allow 3 to 4 hours. This does not include drive down Blake Ranch Road or Hualapai Mountain Road.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Kingman Field Office. Call (928) 718-3700.
Directions to the Trail: From Kingman, head east on I-40 to Exit 66 at a large truck stop. Head south on Blake Ranch Road. Stay on Blake Ranch Road as side roads join and branch off. A stop sign marks a small landing strip. Continue straight with caution. After that the road narrows briefly then widens again. The start of the trail is on the right 11.3 miles south from I-40.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
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