Moss Wash
ohv
Description
Moss Wash Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail meanders through scenic high mountain forest and Mohave Desert vegetation. The trail traverses two distinct plant communities. Located at the higher elevations is a forest of Ponderosa Pine, Gambel Oak, New Mexico Locust and various grasses and forbs. Located at the lower elevations is a chaparral plant community consisting of Sonoran Scrub Oak, Manzanita, Desert Ceanothus, Silktassel and scattered Pinon Pine.
 
Visitors will enjoy traveling along Moss Wash underneath the tall pines and within a riparian area of Arizona Black Walnut and species of willows. The trail passes by several historic mining areas, including Gold King Mansion. The trailheads are 4,420 and 6,080 feet in elevation with a high elevation of 6,485 feet over its approximate 10 mile length. Weather conditions are most comfortable in the spring and fall. Morning use during the summer can be pleasant as well.
 
Location
Moss Wash OHV Trail is located in Mohave County, Arizona, 20 miles southeast of Kingman in the eastern half of the Hualapai Mountains.
 
Access
There are two ways to get to Moss Wash OHV Trail from Kingman, AZ. The upper trailhead is accessed by driving 14 miles southeast of Kingman on the Hualapai Mountain Road to the Pine Lake community past the Hualapai Mountain County Park. Turn right on Flag Mine Road and travel south for 2.75 miles to the Wild Cow Springs Recreation Site turnoff. Turn left and follow the “Evacuation” signs for 0.4 mile. Turn right to the Moss Wash OHV Trailhead. The trailhead is located one-quarter mile south of Wild Cow Springs Recreation Site.
 
The lower trailhead is accessed by driving east on Interstate 40 for approximately 15 miles to the Blake Ranch Road interchange. Drive south approximately 11.25 miles. Turn right to access the Moss Wash OHV Trailhead.
 
Visitor Activities
This trail is most often used by non-stock off road vehicles. It can also be used by equestrian riding, mountain biking and hiking.
 
Special Features
Gold King Mansion is an historic, two-story concrete building built in the late 1920’s by the Gold King Corporation which used the ornate structure to entertain wealthy investors and to house the mine foreman. The nearby Gold King Mine produced gold, silver, copper, and lead, but production never reached the level investors had hoped for. The stock market crash in October 1929 brought an end to the mine and to the mansion.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No permits or fees are required. No drinking water is available along the trail.
 
Warning! The abandoned mines of this area are dangerous. For safety purposes, stay away from mine shafts and adits.
 
Accessibility
Recommended vehicles are four-wheel-drive vehicles, all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), universal terrain vehicles (UTV’s) and motorcycles. Due to the condition of the southeast part of the trail within a mile of Gold King Mansion, motor vehicles are limited to non-stock four wheel drives, four wheel drives with short wheel base, ATVs and UTVs.
 
The site is not wheelchair 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.
 
First Aid
The nearest hospitals are in Kingman, AZ (approximately 20 miles northwest of the trailhead). In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency people may call 911 or the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department 928-753-2141.
 
Additional Information
Dean Peak 7.5’ USGS Topo
Hualapai Peak 7.5’ USGS Topo
Valentine, Arizona 1:100,000 Surface Management Map (2006)