Through the Bucks

Yucca, Arizona (Mohave County)

Last Updated: 01/27/2022
5 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 9.34 miles
Highest Elevation: 1876 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Yucca
Nearest Town w/ Services: Havasu City
Official Road Name: 4354, 4353, 4353A
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Colorado River District


Highlight: Through the Bucks
Through the Bucks backcountry mountain road takes you through a variety of colorful desert-scapes. The road was originally built in the early 1900s for the purpose of mining and today it's a recreation destination to explore the desert and the remnants of mining days gone by. Stimulating, it meanders through washes with hardpack reddish ground while the sun-baked rocks and sheer rock walls of varied colors and vein structures are a sight to see. The fauna is prevalent with Cholla to Ocotillo and Palo Verde trees blooming at different times of the year. Travelling through the Buck Mountains the landscape changes to shades of purple before dropping into the washes below. This is a great trail for a fun desert experience.


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1. Trailhead, Head Southwest (0 mi)
Through the Bucks starts at Waypoint 6 of Ideal Mine Trail. Head southwest from here.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lake Havasu City

NOTE: The trailhead is located at Waypoint 6 of the Ideal Mine Trail. Download the track to Ideal Mine Trail in order to access Through the Bucks trailhead. The following directions will place you near the trailhead of Ideal Mine: Travel north out of town to I-40. Merge onto eastbound I-40 and continue for 4 miles. Exit at Mile Marker 13, Franconia Road. Travel south two miles to National Old Trails Road and turn left (east). Continue east for two miles to Buck Mountain Road and turn right (south). Continue for 1 mile to an old wood post fence; this is the trailhead to Ideal Mine.



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Writer Information

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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