Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains

Yucca, Arizona (Mohave County)

Last Updated: 07/24/2022
4.2 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains
This backcountry 4WD road is northeast of Lake Havasu City and south of Yucca in the Mohave Mountain Range. It skirts along the northeast foothills of this mountain range from Franconia Road down into Dutch Flats and the Stagecoach Trails subdivision. Several areas look over the valley floor some 1,000 feet below. Northern Foothills offers great views of the valleys and mountains around you. The northern side of these mountains always seems much cooler in the summer, even though they're not much higher in elevation. During the winter and spring months, there is short green grass and red blooming flowers on the Ocotillo cactus. Towards late Spring, almost all of these plants will be in bloom. You'll often see prospectors on quads and UTVs loaded with buckets and shovels looking to find the next big gold strike. This trail runs through several active gold mining claims, so do some homework or join a prospecting association and get permission to hunt on their claims. The Havasu Gold Seekers has a bunch of claims up here and a lot of knowledgeable people who enjoy prospecting and exploring the desert surroundings. .


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Just over 11 miles south of Interstate 40 on Franconia Road (4346) is 4359. This intersection is the trailhead, and the trail runs to the east from here. There's a very dense, and for this area, unique patch of Cholla Cactus immediately to your left/ east as you come around his corner.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lake Havasu City

Travel north on Highway 95 to interstate 40. Merge onto I40 East and continue for four miles to Franconia Road, Exit 13. At the exit, turn south and continue on Franconia Road 4346 for 11.03 miles to the intersection with Trail 4359. Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains trail begins here and runs east.



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Cory W

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Montana

Cory grew up traveling the logging roads outside Durango, CO with his dad for his woodcutting business and fell in love with everything about the outdoors. He's moved around a lot since then, from several rural areas of Southern California to Montana, Wyoming to Arizona, even living on a commercial gold mine in Nevada in for several years. In all these areas he has explored several thousand miles of old dirt roads and trails, as well as many old mines and ghost towns. Located in the Mohave Desert of AZ in the winter and the Madison River Valley of MT in the summer.
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