McCraken Rockhouse Cabin

Total Miles
57.9

Elevation

925.28 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This is a short trail that is a long way from anywhere - along the south part of Alamo Road. It can be reached from Parker via Planet Ranch to Alamo Road, and from Lake Havasu via the Alamo Road or via the trail described here. This route is described as starting in Standard Wash south of Lake Havasu City. You will travel up Standard Wash, down West Mohave Wash, up Mohave Wash, and then out across Dutch Flat to the McCracken Mountains. The first part of the trip is mostly in washes, except for a short stretch over a height of land between Standard and West Mohave Washes. This height of land offers nice views in each direction. The washes are broad with numerous driveable threads that move with every heavy rain. Do not worry too much about following the exact track - just stay in the wash and you will be OK. There is an interesting pump on the west side of Mohave Wash. One of the first things you see as you approach McCracken Peak is the foundation of an old 20-stamp mill that operated in the late 1800s (we think). Prior to remediation, it was possible to drive directly from the cabin to the workings and foundations on the southwest side of the mountain. That road is now blocked at a closed mine shaft. We could see where some people had ignored the no trespassing signs and driven over berms to follow the old road, but that is certainly not acceptable. Please go to Alamo Road and take the long (legal) way around. There are remains of numerous stone buildings, an ore chute, and long stretches of stone retaining walls for mining roads. The trail to the southwest area is used very little and is quite brushy. Expect some Arizona pinstriping. Visitors from Lake Havasu may want to return via Alamo Road. It is longer but much easier and quicker. Those from Parker can return via Planet Ranch to Alamo Road or McGuffie Cabin.

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

McCracken Mine was discovered in 1874 by Jackson McCrackin and "Chloride Jack" Owen, for whom the Owen Mining District was named.The rich silver lode comprised a 9,000 foot ledge in some cases carrying 18 inches thick horn silver (chlorargyrite), a silver ore exposed to the environment taking on the dull luster of a cow horn. The mine includes 9,000 feet of tunnels and drifts, and a 600-foot deep shaft.

Technical Rating

5