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US-93S Boulder City To Arizona

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This page last updated on 05/02/2019
9-IndexMAP - US-93S Towards Kingman AZ-2
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Daytrips along US-93 South to Arizona: Even though there are numerous hikes along this route that I have yet to explore, here is what I have done so far. Though most of my past hikes have been confined to Nevada, centered around the Las Vegas area, I decided to spread my wings into Arizona, and am so glad I did. The hike to the Arizona Hot Springs was an outstanding hike, only to be topped by the climb to the top of Cherum Peak in the Cerbat Mountains behind the near ghost town of Chloride, Arizona. Off of this highway is also the road that leads to the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Skywalk, located on tribal lands and managed by the Hualapai. This horseshoe shaped steel fram with glass floor, stretches 70 from the canyon rim, 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. Click any of the titles below for additional pictures and more detailed descriptions.

EP-P1060980Goldstrike Canyon & Nevada Hot Springs: This moderately strenuous hike runs down a narrow, rocky canyon to a series of hot springs and several hot pools. Going down, most of the route is fairly easy as it descends about 600 feet in about 2 miles. That said, there are several sections that require some 3rd-class scrambling, six of which have fixed ropes to assist getting over and around some large, slippery boulders, a couple of which are much easier to climb down than up on the return. Once you reach the Goldstrike Hot Springs, it is roughly another half mile of tough scrambling (more fixed ropes) down to Nevada Hot Springs and the Colorado River.



                                                     
IMG_4133Hoover Dam: Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction cost over one hundred lives. At the time, it was the largest concrete structure ever built and some of the techniques were unproven. Photography

E-IMG_4148Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge: The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, and at the time was the longest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. Located 1,600 feet downstream from the Hoover Dam, it rises 840 feet above the Colorado River, making it the second-highest in the United States, behind the Royal Gorge Bridge. The span is 1,060 feet long. The twin arches contain 2,000 tons of steel and 9,000 cubic yard of concrete. One interesting fact is that the two bases of the arch, one in Nevada and one in Arizona, are situated at different levels on the canyon walls It cost $114 million, in 2010 prices, to build.  Photography
                                                     

Kingman Wash Road & MineJim Herring and I decided to go looking for some wildflowers and found an unknown mine. A site I looked at said that there were some wildflowers off Kingman Wash Road in Arizona. There is also a unknown mine in the area, so we headed there. Even though the drive to the mine was a fairly rough trip, we enjoy exploring around the mine sites.
Hiking and Photography

                                                    

EP-P1030836Liberty Bell Arch. Located just south of Hoover Dam, theLiberty Bell Arch is a very impressive arch in the middle of a very pristine mountainous setting near the Colorado Rivers’ Black Canyon. It has a span of 30 feet and a height of 25 feet. It is named after the famous bell in Philadelphia due to its shape and the crack in the span. Although there is a use trail to the arch (Fig. 02) it is not well marked. There is an old abandoned mine on the way to this location and stunning views of the Colorado River about a half mile beyond it. Hiking, Rock-hounding and Photography
                                                     
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South Cove & Pierce Ferry Landing: About 50 miles in on Pierce Ferry Road, South Cove and Sandy Point with its beautiful secluded sandy beaches along Lake Mead, is a popular camping, picnicking and fishing spot. Pierce Ferry, a.k.a. Pierce Landing, is located at the very end of Pierce Ferry Road and marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon, where the low sandy banks around the lake give way to imposing, colorfully-layered cliffs that enclose the Colorado river for the next 280 miles upstream. Hiking & Photography.



Grand Canyon West Skywalk. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon West Rim, on the Hualapai Nation. The skywalk itself is a horseshoe shaped cantilever bridge on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon. In addition to ‘Walking the Sky’ at the Skywalk at Eagle Point where you can watch traditional performances by Hualapai tribe members, you get to go to Guano Point where there is a “Highpoint Hike” that offers some nice panoramic canyon views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River and the remnants of a historic tram that stretched 8,800 feet across the canyon to a guano mine discovered in the 1930’s.  Photography.


E-P1000982Chloride Arizona: Established when silver was discovered in 1862, Chloride lies under the Cerbat Mountains and is one of oldest mining communities in Arizona. Today it is a modern day ghost town that is just a small image of its former self, yet still very much alive. Outside of town, off of Big Wash Road, there is a trail to Cherum Peak, the highest peak in the Cerbat Mountains.  Hiking, Rock-hounding and Photography.

                                                     

E-P1020990Cherum Peak, Arizona. Cherum Peak is the 2nd highest peak in the 23 mile long Cerbat Mountain range that runs slightly northwest-southeast, about 25 miles north of Kingman, Arizona. It lies directly east of the 130-mile long Black Mountains range and is separated by the Sacramento Valley bordering southwest of Kingman. The long Detrital Valley and plains drains northwest of the mountains into southern Lake Mead. A series of peaks can be found towards the southern end of the range, including Packsaddle Mountain at 6,431 feet and Cherum Peak at 6,983 feet with the community of Chloride on the northwestern side. The northern section of the Cerbat Mountains is composed mostly of the Mount Tipton Wilderness, with Mount Tipton being its peak at 7,148 feet . The Dolan Springs community is at the base of the wilderness on the northwestern side of the Cerbat Mountains.  Hiking & Photography.
                                                     
E-IMG_4172Roy Purcell Murals. The Roy Purcell murals are a 2,000-square-foot set of murals painted on some boulders in the Cerbat Mountains about a mile and a half outside of Chloride, Arizona at the base of the Cerbat Mountains. Painted in 1966, Roy's panels are scattered all over the hillside, facing different directions, on the angled sides of boulders, and as a result can't be captured in a single photo. The murals are the main point of interest for the small ghost town of Chloride, population 352, a village full of vintage miner's shacks, local minors, artists and sculptors.  Hiking & Photography.


Monolith Garden Lasso Loop Trail. Hike the 1.7 mile Monolith Garden Lasso Loop Trail, part of the 5,620 acre Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area, created by the City of Kingman, the BLM, and the Arizona State Trail System. Just two and a half miles outside of Kingman, this area is filled with a fantastic maze of towering rock formations. It has a rolling landscape of low hills, stacked rock towers and hunched ridgeline columns. Running through dramatic boulder fields and crumbling ramparts of volcanic ash, the views are amazing. Hiking & Photography.



Kingman Arizona - Summary Page. Kingman, the Heart of historic Route 66 & one of the hidden treasures of Arizona, is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for "Route 66 and Beyond". Scenic hiking, historic charm, great cafes and restaurants, and the allure of Route 66 combine to make Kingman a remarkable destination. There are more than 60 buildings in Kingman that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Among some of the more popular places of interest are: the Bonelli House, Mohave Museum of History and Arts, the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum, Locomotive Park, the Amtrak Depot, the Model Railroad Museum, the Arizona Route 66 Museum, and Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner.  Hiking & Photography.