Moss Wash Trail

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4.5/5 (8 reviews)
Kingman, Arizona (Mohave County)
Last Updated: 05/08/2021
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Situated one hour from Kingman, Arizona, the Moss Wash off-road trail offers just about everything anyone could want in a southwestern trail: waterfall obstacles, whoop dee doos, hill climbs, shelf roads, Mohave Desert landscape, a high mountain forest and American mining history. In addition to the Moss Wash trail, there are hundreds of miles of nearby trails that offer days of exploring and camping opportunities. The trail gets its name from the wash it follows, but it could easily be called the Gold King Mansion Trail. The Gold King Mansion is directly on the trail and is a historic, two-story concrete building that looks like it should be on South Beach in Miami. It was built in the late 1920’s by the Gold King Corporation which used the ornate structure to entertain wealthy investors and to house the mine foreman. Gold, silver, copper, and lead were all found in the area. The great stock market crash of 1929 was the demise of the mine and mansion, however, with an aggressive four-wheel drive vehicle you can explore its remnants.

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4.5/5 (8)
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I really enjoyed this trail, beautiful scenery, mine ruins and challenging enough to keep it interesting. It was warmer than I expected in Dec. 63 degrees, when we started. The drop before the mansion is 5-6 feet straight down. Don’t go that way. I would rate it as a 4 or a 5, with the bypasses.
Trail Review: Moss Wash Trail - Conrad Johnson
Trail Review: Moss Wash Trail - Conrad Johnson
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It has been over 3 years since we ran this trail last. Not much has changed as far as the rating except for a few rocks and gravel shifting around in the wash. Overall it is a great trail with some optional obstacles that provide a bit of a challenge. The highlight of this trail is the abandoned Mine mansion and well worth the trip. Be careful though as there is a drop off just before the mansion where you will need to drop back into the wash. A truck almost went over the edge while we were exploring the mansion.
Trail Review: Moss Wash Trail - Dirty Chuckwalla
Trail Review: Moss Wash Trail - Dirty Chuckwalla
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/08/2021

Update 5/15/2021: The latest rescission order can be found here: Partial Rescission Order The Flag Fire near Hualapai Mountain Park is 88% contained and Moss Wash is open. While this trail cannot be accessed from Hualapai Mountain Park, it is accessible from Antelope Wash Road via Blake Ranch Road, and from Flag Mine Road (Waypoint 29 Flag Mine Road) Antelope Wash Road intersection towards Boriana Mine Road and Yucca. Fire Closure Order https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7438/59289/ Fire Closure Map https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/AZCRD/2021-04-25-1805-Flag-Fire/related_files/pict20210329-160853-0.jpeg
Trail Review: Moss Wash Trail - Cory Wooldridge
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Temporary Closure
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/25/2021

The Flag Fire between Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground on Flag Mine Road has forced an emergency evacuation order for Hualapai Mountain Park, Pine Lake, and surrounding areas. Roads and trails leading up to the area are also closed. Hualapai Park Road from the Kingman side is currently closed at milepost 10. Current fire information can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7438/
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/18/2020

This was a really fun trail, good obstacles, great scenery. Watch out for the drop off near the mansion! It's hard to see coming, I unexpectedly hit it... Don't go wheeling by yourself like I do.

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