Description: This route crosses remote desert around the south and east sides of Crossman Peak. It does not go to the top of the peak. Drivers should be self-reliant and prepared for emergencies. Do not drive alone, especially in the heat of summer. Most of this trail is easy but there is one hilly section that is fairly challenging. The road is narrow in places and brush rubs against your vehicle. A couple of rocky sections require careful tire placement. One steep descent on a narrow shelf road may be intimidating to a novice driver. High ground clearance and skid plates are required. Route-finding is complex and confusing at times. Be careful when exploring mines. Some have exposed vertical shafts hundreds of feet deep. ATVs and dirt bikes need to be especially careful.
Time & Distance: This fairly long trip covers over 36 miles off-pavemant. Allow 4 to 5 hours.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office. Call (928) 505-1200.
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: Head south from Lake Havasu City on Hwy 95. Turn left into Standard Wash 0.6 miles past mile marker 173. Make sure you go past the kiosk for Standard Wash before you turn left. Stop and review rules and regulations on the kiosk. Always stay on existing trails. Standard Wash is very wide and has several entry points but all eventually funnel together.
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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!