Rockhouse Cabin

5/5 (2 reviews)
Wikieup, Arizona (Mohave County)
Last Updated: 07/24/2022

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Highlight: Rockhouse Cabin
Rockhouse is a fun trail in the Mohave Desert less than two hours from Wickenburg or Lake Havasu City, with a fantastic blast from the past stone cabin at the end. The cabin is well used and cared for by visitors with knickknacks on the shelves, bottles at the bar, a picnic table, and a few chairs. There are foundations from either milling or processing below and remains of two ore cart paths leading from the adit behind the cabin. The mineral deposits on this mountain were discovered in 1874 by "Chloride Jack" Owen and Jackson McCrackin, after whom the mountain and the initial mining claim were named. Within a few years after its discovery, prospectors and mining companies staked their claims on and around these mountains, with 130 mining claims surrounding McCracken Mountain. The information on the cabin is jumbled, as there are a dozen stone cabin remnants around this mountain, many of which were boarding houses for the miners. Rockhouse Cabin is the best-preserved cabin around and well worth the visit. From the views to the geology and the history, there's something in this trail for everyone. This remote stretch of desert is home to annual dark sky events where stargazers set up their telescopes and enjoy the lack of pollution from the city lights. With the nearest highways and train tracks over 20 miles and a mountain range away, the only distraction will be the spotty cell service.
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