Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains

4.2/5 (7 reviews)
Yucca, Arizona (Mohave County)
Last Updated: 07/24/2022
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Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

4.2/5 (7 reviews)
Tom
15500
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/31/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We found this to be an enjoyable trail. No high mountain passes and no deep sandy washes, simply an interesting ride across the local desert. At the corral, we saw a group of horse riders departing for the canyon south of the corral. Didn't see any horse shoe tracks in the road, so have to assume they truly cut across country to get there. They had one riderless horse on the trip ... attests to the danger of being stranded in that area. We took a side trip on "Blacksmith Canyon" trail ... a shame it's so short.
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Tom
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Tom
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Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/18/2022

The washouts and dropoffs mentioned in another review were knocked down and easily navigable today. The only road change is a slightly rougher approach into the wash at Waypoint 11. The gate at Waypoint 16 has stretched a little too. It's much easier to open and close now.
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Cory W
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Cory W
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Status: Open
Visited: 01/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Did this trail on New Years Day in my 2019 Ford Ranger. Some washouts from recent rains make this trail a little more difficult, some of the wash entrances and exists have 1.5' drop offs. Still a good trail with great views.
Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/03/2021

Always a fun trail with great views. The gate at the end has been replaced and much easier to open and close than the previous gate.
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Cory W
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Cory W
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Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/17/2020

Great weather for this trip. The Ocotillo were blooming and not much else. We are looking forward to returning in a couple of weeks once the flowers start to bloom.
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Cory W
Trail Review: Northern Foothills of the Mohave Mountains - Cory W
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