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Pass Canyon

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Location Bullhead City, AZ
Rating Difficult,
Length 15mi
Time 4hrs

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Overview

Near historic gold-mining town of Oatman.

Rugged desert and mining country bordering closed wilderness. Great views of the Black Mountains as you head north. Moss Mine, largely responsible for the development of Oatman, has several interesting standing structures to see. While there, we came across a company drilling for gold samples. Although there were signs telling us to stay off the road, a project foreman assured us that all roads were open to the public. Great OHV area with many side roads to explore.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

Most of this trail is sandy washes and rutted, dirt-packed roads. The difficult part is negotiating narrow, rocky Pass Canyon. Aggressive stock SUVs can get through with careful tire placement and an experienced driver, but don’t go alone. Numerous side roads around Moss Mine make route-finding challenging.

Stats

Length

15mi

Time

4hrs

High Point

2,553ft

Best Time To Go

Sept-May

Current Conditions

(928) 718-3700Bureau of Land Management, Kingman Field Office

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04/1/2019

Submitted by Chuck Wells

A big change here! Moss Mine at Waypoint 08 is now a huge active mine. The exit road 7717, we show in the book, is blocked on both sides of the mine. As you are coming south from Waypoint 07 you have two options. Where our map shows 7756 joining on the right, you can turn left and follow a sandy wash east and connect to roads going south. Or my preferred detour is to go to the north gate at the mine and turn northeast on 7813 shown in the book. This is a fun road with lots of steep hills and descents. Pass Canyon itself has partly filled in with sand and is no longer difficult, but you can find difficult side obstacles if that’s your thing. Also, if you continue west in Pass Canyon past Waypoint 07, the canyon gets very narrow and is very interesting. There’s also a large rock overhang with shade for a lunch stop. Eventually, it becomes a narrow slot canyon just wide enough to walk through.

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