Moss Wash

Total Miles
12.2

Elevation

2,089.08 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail starts out rocky and challenging as you drive through a rugged wash. Next is a winding mountain road with fantastic views of the valley below. There is a lot to see along the trail. Don't miss Gold King Mansion. You can walk through it, but please be respectful. The last portion of the trail takes you through a nice, thick forest, and you'll end at Hualapai Mountain Road.

Photos of Moss Wash

Moss Wash
Moss Wash
Moss Wash

Difficulty

Difficult: Deep washouts, challenging rock obstacles and steep climbs. Narrow spots with tight brush near Gold King Mansion and along Moss Wash. Avoid if heavy rain is expected. Not recommended for stock vehicles. High clearance, lockers and good articulation are needed.

History

The Gold King Mansion, built early in 1929, was used to entertain wealthy clients and served as housing for the foreman of the Gold King Mine. Much of the building remains intact due to its poured concrete construction, rare at that time in this part of Arizona. The mansion was used less than a year when the Gold King Mine failed following the October 1929 stock market crash. A kiosk at the site has a picture of the original structure.

Technical Rating

7

Status Reports

Mark G
Apr 04, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Mark G
Jan 31, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Reed Hall
Nov 11, 2023
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Dusty

Access Description

From Kingman, head east on Interstate 40 to Exit 66 at a large truck stop. Head south on Blake Ranch Road 11.4 miles, ignoring side roads, to start of trail on right.

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