Lost Cabin Ridge

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Passing through the Black Mountains at a continuous 4,000-foot elevation, Lost Cabin Ridge is a straight-through trail connecting Cottonwood Road and Portland Mine Road. This breathtaking panoramic trail starts in the desert valley and quickly climbs several steep grades to the top of the ridge. Traveling north to south, Lost Cabin Ridge snakes along the crest and offers spectacular views in every direction. To the north and south, the jagged peaks of the Black Mountains are peppered with Spanish Dagger, a type of Yucca tree. To the west is the deep blue of Lake Mohave and the Colorado River, as well as the rolling vistas of the Cerbat Mountains. This trail is exceptionally rough and continuously bumpy, with exposed rocks smaller than 10 inches. However, the trail descends several steep grades across shallow washes and quickly ascends another grade, making it best suited for stock high clearance 4WD vehicles with short overhangs, such as Jeeps. Pickup trucks are likely to scrape significantly while crossing the washes.

There are several pullouts along the ridgeline suitable for camping if the wind doesn't pick up and campsites on each end of the trail closer to the valley floor.