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Exploring Arizona Hiking Trails Around Lake Havasu City

Arizona Hikes - Introduction to Lake Havasu City Hiking Trails from Gone With the Wynns.

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With stunning scenery, amazing wildlife, and hikes for all ages and fitness levels, Lake Havasu City is one of the premier destinations for the best hiking vacations in the Southwest. There are literally hundreds of Arizona hiking trails scattered throughout the state. Hiking on Arizona hiking trails is truly an amazing experience, whether your hike is short and easy or long and vigorous.

In Lake Havasu City, the hiking scene is as diverse as the city itself. Trekkers of all types will find that this is one of the best destinations for Arizona hiking trails, with spectacular vistas that are simply stunning to behold. Whether you're looking for serene lakeside scenery, windswept desert views, or sweeping vistas from atop a mountain, you'll find them here in the Lake Havasu City area. Trails range from short, paved paths to steep, rocky slopes. Whether you prefer easy, extreme or somewhere in between, there’s nothing like exploring Arizona hikes on our ruggedly gorgeous red rock mountains. Features such as mysterious rock formations and abandoned mining areas enhance the variety of sights you'll discover along the trail. In a week of hikes, you’ll never need to see the same scenery twice--unless you want to!

Along with the beautiful scenery, the diversity of wildlife in the area is why so many hikers take to our trails for the best hiking vacations of their lives. The lake attracts a myriad species of birds, from herons and egrets to great horned owls--not to mention the many migratory species that come through each year. On the land, you might spot bighorn sheep, coyotes, cottontail rabbits--even the elusive bobcat! Want more details on the best hiking destinations around Lake Havasu City? Search our database of hiking trails and discover the best hikes for you!

Desert hiking safety tips

hiking trails in Arizona Hiking and backpacking in the deserts of Arizona can be one of the most captivating experiences imaginable. But as with any outdoor activity, proper preparation is necessary to fully appreciate the journey into nature. Here are a few safety precautions to keep in mind to better experience the desert in and near Lake Havasu City:
  • Take plenty of water
  • Wear a hat and use sunscreen
  • Wear sturdy, thick-soled shoes
  • Never head out alone and always let a responsible person know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. For a complete checklist, click here.

Trail NameDistance
(round trip)
Hiking TimeTime to Trailhead*Vehicle RequiredAesthetic Rating**
Island Trail 3.6 miles1.5 hours2 minutesNo *
Mohave Sunset Trail 4 miles2 hoursn/aNo *
Shoreline Trail 2 miles1 hourn/aNo *½
Easy Hikes
Chemehuevi Wash Trail 4 miles2 hours15 minutesCar **
Mockingbird Wash Trail 4 miles2 hours15 minutesCar **
Easy hikes with hills
Pittsburg Mines Trail 4 miles3 hours20 minutesCar **½
Water Tank Trail 6.2 miles3 hours20 minutesCar ***
Moderate hikes with climbing
Arch Rock Loop Trail 4.5 miles3 hours15 minutesCar ***½
Crack in the Mountain Trail 5 miles3 hours15 minutesCar ****
Keyhole Landing Trail 7.2 miles4 hours15 minutesCar ***
Mallard Cove/Teal Point Trail 5.3 miles3 hours15 minutesCar **½
Pilot Rock Trail 7 miles4 hours15 minutesCar ***
SARA Mountain Park Loop Trail 5 miles3 hours15 minutesCar ***
Standard Wash Trail 9.6 miles4-5 hours20 minutesCar ***
Three Dunes Trail 6.5 miles3.5 hours25 minutesCar ***
Difficult hikes with long, steep slopes and/or scrambling
Crossman Peak Trail 6 miles5 hours60 minutes4-wheel ***½
Cupcake Mountain Trail 4.6 miles5-6 hours90 minutes4-wheel ****
Dead Burro Canyon Trail 7.3 miles4.5 hours20 minutesCar ****
Iron Door Mine Trail 5 miles4 hours50 minutes4-wheel ***
Lizard Peek Trail (Picnic Table Mountain Trail) 4 miles3 hours15 minutesCar ***

*Leaving from London Bridge
**The more stars, the more desirable in terms of remoteness, natural features and scenic beauty.