Hiking in Arizona's Playground
Hiking in Arizona is a thrilling experience unlike any other. From fall through spring, hikers of all types find that Lake Havasu City is one of the best-kept secrets for hiking in Arizona's vast network of hiking trails.
Lake Havasu City's hiking trails feature a wide range of terrain, natural diversity and scenic beauty. Whether your hikes are easy, extreme or somewhere in between, trails range from short, paved paths to steep, rocky slopes.
Along the way, enjoy serene lakeside scenery, windswept desert views or sweeping vistas from atop a red rock mountain. Explore unique features such as mysterious rock formations and abandoned mining areas.
Along with the beautiful scenery, the diversity of wildlife in the area is why so many hikers take to our trails for some of the best hikes in Arizona. Keep a lookout for bighorn sheep, coyotes, cottontail rabbits, bobcat and a myriad species of birds.
Want more details on the best hiking destinations around Lake Havasu City? The resources on this page will help you make the most of hiking in Arizona's Playground!
Safety tips for hiking in Arizona's deserts
Backpacking and hiking in Arizona's deserts 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 hiking in Arizona's 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 hiking checklist designed for hiking in Arizona's desert climate, click here.
|Trail Name||Distance (Round Trip)||Hiking Time||Time to Trailhead*||Vehicle Required||Aesthetic Rating**|
|Island Trail||3.6 miles||1.5 hours||2 minutes||No|
|Mohave Sunset Trail||4 miles||2 hours||0 minutes||No|
|Shoreline Trail||2 miles||1 hours||minutes||No|
|Chemehuevi Wash Trail||4 miles||2 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|Mockingbird Wash Trail||4 miles||2 hours||15 minutes||Car|
Easy Hikes with Hills
|Pittsburg Mines Trail||4 miles||3 hours||20 minutes||Car|
|Water Tank Trail||6.2 miles||3 hours||20 minutes||Car|
Moderate Hikes with Climbing
|Arch Rock Loop Trail||4.5 miles||3 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|Crack in the Mountain Trail||5 miles||3 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|Keyhole Landing Trail||7.2 miles||4 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|Mallard Cove/Teal Point Trail||5.3 miles||3 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|Pilot Rock Trail||7 miles||4 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|SARA Mountain Park Loop Trail||5 miles||3 hours||15 minutes||Car|
|Standard Wash Trail||9.6 miles||4.5 hours||20 minutes||Car|
|Three Dunes Trail||6.5 miles||3.5 hours||25 minutes||Car|
Difficult Hikes with Long Slopes or Scrambling
|Crossman Peak Trail||6 miles||5 hours||60 minutes||4-wheel|
|Cupcake Mountain Trail||4.5 miles||5.5 hours||90 minutes||4-wheel|
|Dead Burro Canyon Trail||7.3 miles||4.5 hours||20 minutes||Car|
|Iron Door Mine Trail||5 miles||4 hours||50 minutes||4-wheel|
|Lizard Peek Trail (Picnic Table Mountain Trail)||4 miles||3 hours||15 minutes||Car|