|Early morning light on the Colorado River.|
We took a little drive and discovered Goose Lake, part of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. We could have walked for several flat miles but there are very few birds there at this time of year; looks like a good place to take a kayak out exploring.
|Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.|
We spent the next four nights at Lake Havasu State Park which gave us time to visit some cousins who live in the area and do a little hiking in the local desert. Our beachfront site, #41, was spacious and fairly private but very noisy over the weekend due to a RC plane event around the corner from us as well as a busy boat launch...there are a lot of loud, fast boats on Lake Havasu! Week days are much quieter on the lake.
|Site 41 was a nice beachfront site.|
|View of the north half of the campground.|
Sites are extremely varied at this park, some private and well separated, some with zero privacy.
SARA Mountain Park is a large recreation area for hiking and mountain biking in Lake Havasu City. We've done the popular Crack Trail there before so this time we chose to hike SARA Mountain Park Loop. It's supposed to be five miles with some rolling hills but we took a wrong turn and ended up with a seven mile double loop with some big hills!
|We loved the cloudy skies as we headed into the hills.|
|Red rock grotto.|
|Big views to the Colorado River from the blue trail.|
|Our wrong turn took us up and over and around a big mountain.|
Another day we hiked the Water Tank Trail, a 6.2 mile out and back hike on a jeep road through the hills just south of town. I had researched the route via satellite and discovered a single track trail that would make our hike into a loop. It turns out SARA Mountain Park trails connect to the jeep road allowing many miles of hiking in this area. It looks really good for mountain biking.
|The jeep road cuts through Aubrey Hills.|
|That's horse hoof point and below it to the left, barely visible, is the "tank", |
a flat corrugated metal water collection device that flows water into a metal tank for wildlife use.
|Our return trail below the Aubrey Hills.|
We enjoyed brilliant sunsets daily over Lake Havasu from our site.
Onward to Buckskin Mountain State Park...