Lake Havasu City, AZ
On Sunday friends Norm and Lisa (Those Young Guys) arrived here in Lake Havasu State Park. They stopped by for a visit and we arranged for a hike the next day to one of the most popular hikes in this area, the Crack in the Mountain.
On Monday we drove the short distance south of town to the north entrance road to SARA Park, the location of the trailhead. Construction on the entrance road forced us to drive a bit further south to the south entrance road to access the park. This created a bit of confusion as to which parking area we ended up using, since they are not labeled. Our map had us getting on the trail at parking lot number one. But the map was not very precise and we ended up wandering for about an hour before locating the correct trail.
The Crack in the Mountain (some call it SARA’s Crack, but we don’t want all those “wisecracks” about that name!) is a slot canyon about a half mile in length. The highlight of the slot is a pour over almost ten feet high. Our information about the hike said to just slide down it, but we thought it was a bit steep for such a long slide. Fortunately, someone left a rope hanging over the drop, making the ride down a bit more controlled. Lisa and Norm enjoyed the ride without a problem. John also enjoyed the trip.
The nimble hiker really enjoys these types of adventures and contemplated not using the rope for her descent.
But she ended up using the rope and enjoyed a very lady-like ride to the bottom!
After exiting the canyon, the trail follows the wash for another mile or more to Balanced Rock Cove along Lake Havasu.
After enjoying lunch along the water, we headed up an alternate trail, going up and around the Crack in the Mountain.
Along the return trail we had a good view of another local landmark, Arch Rock, in the distance.
We crossed the main trail (that goes along in the sandy wash) and joined a parallel trail with better footing. Our map showed this side trail re-joining the main trail just before the parking area, but that didn’t prove to be accurate. We ended up on the main park road and, after some scouting and calculations, found we were just south of the parking area. Returning to the Jeep, the hiking app said we had hiked just over six and half miles.
We had a great time hiking with Norm and Lisa, and the slot in the Crack in the Mountain was very interesting. We plan on joining them for more hiking later in the week so stay tuned for more exciting posts!