Ascending into the southern end of the Cerbat Mountains, Badger Trail meanders through scenic Mohave Desert vegetation and interesting granitic rock outcroppings. The route gains almost 1,100 feet in elevation over its 3.2 mile length and joins with Castle Rock Trail at the upper terminus. With a consistent 8 percent grade, you will find this route moderately strenuous to hike or bike. At several locations along the trail, you will be treated to spectacular view of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Weather conditions are most comfortable between the months of September and May, although early-morning use during the summer can be pleasant as well.
Badger Trail is located in Mohave County, Arizona, five miles north of Kingman, in the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area.
To get to Badger Trail from Kingman, follow U.S. Highway 93 five miles north from the city limits. The trailhead is located one-quarter mile north of the Highway 68 intersection (the first right turn after the intersection).
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and trail running. No motorized uses are permitted.
Excellent vistas of the surrounding valleys and mountains are available at several points along the trail. Intriguing geologic features include jumbled masses of giant granitic boulders and several especially prominent white quartz rock outcroppings. In years of abundant winter rainfall, spectacular wildflower displays can be seen the following spring.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No permits or fees are required. Camping is not permitted at the trailhead, but is fine anywhere else along the trail. No hunting is permitted within ¼-mile of the trailhead. No drinking water is available along the trail and shade is very scarce.
A four-wheel-drive vehicle is not needed to access the trailhead. The trail is not wheel chair accessible.
Camping and Lodging
Primitive camping without fees is available on public lands year-round. Motel lodging is abundant in Kingman, AZ.
Food and Supplies
There are many large grocery stores and businesses supplying outdoor recreation needs in nearby Kingman.
The nearest hospitals are in Kingman, AZ (approximately 10 miles southeast of the trailhead) and in Bullhead City, AZ (approximately 30 miles west of the trail head). In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency people may call 911 or the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department 928-753-2141.
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Kingman Field Office
2755 Mission Boulevard
Kingman, AZ 86401-5308
Phone: (928) 718-3700
Fax: (928) 718-3761
Field Manager: Ruben Sanchez
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F