Hualapai Mountains Gold King Mansion Ride
ElevationAscent: 4,085' 1,245 m
Descent: -4,084' -1,245 m
High: 7,007' 2,136 m
Low: 4,435' 1,352 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“This ride meanders through scenic high mountain forest and is not for the faint of heart.”— John Myers
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
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.
This ride is a mixture of both maintained and unmaintained dirt roads and some very challenging OHV trails. There is tons of climbing and you are rewarded with awesome mountain views. However, note that this trail is 70%, or 20 miles, of OHV, and 30% singletrack. The OHV trails are essentially wide dirt roads frequented by 4-wheelers, with the accompanying dust.
Need to Know
You'll head south on Flagmine Road, Route 7101, and you'll warm up the legs and lungs with the first climb out of the gate. This dirt road climb averages about a 9% grade and starts in a beautiful mountain community frequented by elk and deer in the early morning and late evening. After this climb, you have a nice, fast downhill followed by another climb and then some big fast sweeping s-turns. At the three-mile mark, you'll stay right and continue on Route 7101. At around the four-mile mark, you'll begin to climb for two miles until you reach 7,007 feet elevation which is marked by a big 40+ foot ponderosa pine ahead on your left. This is a good place to take a breather and snap some pics as there is an overlook with an awesome view of Moss Wash below.
For the next three miles, speeds can reach 30+ mph as you head downhill on twisting and winding doubletrack. Watch out after you cross the cattle guard, as there is a tight right hand turn ahead that can catch you by surprise if your speed is not in check. There could be severe consequences to your left. There are plenty of rocks to launch on the way, if you choose!
At the nine-mile mark, you'll need to look for route marker 7200 on your left. This is a very sketchy, flowing two mile OHV trail that will need your undivided attention. As you reach the bottom, the trail turns right and you continue on straight and enter Upper Moss Wash Trail Route 7200. The trail turns left and you are now in Moss Wash OHV Trail Route 7200.
Head down the sandy wash for a few miles with a little climbing and then there is a steep rocky downhill. At the bottom, make a tight left and continue on Moss Wash OHV Trail Route 7200. It is up and down for the next four miles. There are areas that could have running water after a rain.
At about the 14-mile mark, make a left hand turn and there is a very tricky section with large rocks and drops that all but the most skilled riders will want to walk. Now you turn the corner and there is highlight of the ride, the Gold King Mansion. This is also the half way point of the ride. This is a good place to take a rest and fuel up for the long grind ahead.
From the mansion, you'll have an easy climb followed by one of the funniest sections of the ride. It is a very fast, flowy section that is filled with whoops and banked turns. It is easy to get caught up in the fun so take it easy the first time through as it is easy to carry too much speed and wind up in trouble. Continue on Moss Wash OHV Trail Route 7200 until you reach a dirt road. This unmarked road is Blake Ranch Road and is the lowest elevation on the ride at 4,460 feet.
You'll continue for four miles, up and down but a gradual climb, take it easy because the REAL climbing is about to begin. You can see your big climb if you look at your 9 o'clock and up the mountain.
At the 20-mile mark, there is a sign off to the right marking Antelope Wash OHV Trail 7192. You can only turn left and head up. The first mile is between a 10-12% grade. After an s-turn it reduces to about a 4% grade as it winds up the mountain. This 4.3 mile, 1,276 foot-climb tops out at a cattle guard. This is a nice place to snap some pics, catch your breath and enjoy the views.
Now, there is a short downhill and an uphill that leads you to a four-way intersection. You'll make a right and start climbing. You'll gain about 500 feet in elevation in one mile where you'll be back on Flagmine Road. This is the same doubletrack you came in on. You'll continue to climb some big switchbacks until about the 26-mile mark. A big pinyon pine on the left will let you know you reached the crest of the hill. Now, climbing is finished and you'll welcome a nice two-mile descent through the mountain community back to the parking lot.