Description: Explore a once-bustling mining area. Watch for wild mustangs that still roam the hillsides. Walk through Chloride’s historic buildings, including a post office that has been in operation since 1893. Learn about the town’s history viewing exhibits in the Visitor Center. See Native American petroglyphs and colorful painted rock murals. Enjoy full-hookup camping in Chloride or rough it high above the town in two scenic BLM campgrounds with picnic tables and modern vault toilets. Hike several great trails in the Cerbat Mountains. The uphill side requires high-clearance two-wheel drive and occasional four-wheel drive on a few steep, rough spots. Wet conditions increase difficulty. The downhill side is an easy graded road suitable for passenger cars. If you explore any of the side roads, use extra caution and expect more difficult conditions.
Time & Distance: The complete loop is almost 19 miles. Allow about 2 hours driving time plus stops.
Trail Conditions: Chloride Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Call (928) 565-4888.
Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.
Directions to the Trail: Take Hwy 93 north from Kingman about 18 miles. Turn right 0.3 miles north of mile marker 53, following signs to Chloride. Drive east about 4 miles to Chloride.
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Get yourself and your rig 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.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!