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Crack in the Rock (Lake Havasu)

Navigating the narrows of Crack in the Rock
Narrows of crack in the rock
Navigating the 6 foot fall in crack in the rock
Lake Havasu from the Crack in the rock trail
Hiking the crack in the rock trail
Elevation plot: Crack in the rock
the narrows of crack in the rock
Map: Crack in the rock


How to Get There
This hike is located near Lake Havasu, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: from the Lake Havasu area, take HWY-95 south to the intersection with McCulloch Blvd. Turn right and take this paved road 0.75 miles to the signed trailhead on the right (with overflow parking on the left). There is a bathroom here, but no water.
7260 Sara Pkwy
Lake Havasu
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

5.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
This hike is a 5.0 mile lollypop loop
3.00 [Hours]
It took us 3.0 hours hiking to complete this hike.
Elevation Change
400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 400 ft elevation loss and gain.
Hike Trail Type
Lollypop Loop
Special Features


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
October 21, 2021


Solitude Details
Pretty good. On a weekday we saw perhaps 10 other hikers.


Difficulty Rating
Moderately Strenuous
difficulty detail
This is a moderately strenuous hike, primarily because of the scrambling needed to get through the narrows. There is also some route finding needed.


Be Aware of
Route Finding, scrambling

Hike the Crack in the Rock trail near Lake Havasu, Arizona.

If you're in the Lake Havasu area and feel like something other than playing in the lake, there's a great hike just south of the city to some really fun slot canyon narrows.

From the trailhead, follow the hiking signs marked in yellow. There are multiple trails in this area, so if you miss a yellow trail sign, try to pick a trail that follows the wash, or you can even walk in the wash. After about a mile of hiking, you'll reach the narrows. There narrows require minor scrambling, with the exception of a 6 foot falls. There is typically a rope here to help with the descent, but is still manageable without the rope with a little scrambling skill. Scrambling through the narrows is lots of fun, but ends all to quickly. The trail continues all the way to the shores of Lake Havasu (after 2.5 miles of hiking) and a place called Balanced Rock cove. There is a nice view of the lake here and lake access if you'd like to take a swim. The return trail heads off to your left. You'll follow the hiking markers with the blue on top. This section of trail is desolate, but be sure to turn around once in a while for big views of the lake and the city. Eventually, this trail bypasses the narrows and returns to the wash. Follow the wash back to the trailhead and your car.


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