Crack in the Mountain is a popular slot canyon to the south of Lake Havasu City, AZ. A trail designated as Yellow Trail starts in Sara Park and takes you to the bottom of a dry wash at the base of Lizard Peak. As you go further downhill, the wash begins to narrow until it forms a slot canyon. You then have to go down an 8 ft tall dry waterfall. When I was in the area, a rope had been bolted in the rock next to the dry fall. Without the rope, I would have had a hard time coming back up the smooth dry waterfall. After the dry fall, depending on recent rainfall, you may come across a water hole that may be many feet deep.
Beyond the water hole, the canyon opens up into a dry desert wash again until it reaches Lake Havasu. Near the shores of the lake, dense vegetation will block the way. You can go on a trail on the right side of the wash that will take you up a short distance to bypass the vegetation and end on the shore of the lake near Balance Rock, which is a huge boulder balanced on a pedestal.
This trail branches off of Yellow Trail before the slot canyon is formed. It goes up the hills and parallels the canyon far above it to end at Balance Rock on the lake shore.
Arch Rock Trail
Beyond the waterhole, where the slot canyon opens up into a dry wash, a trail on the left side goes up the slopes to reach an arch. This arch is also visible from parts of the Blue Trail and the dry wash downstream of the slot canyon.
This hike can be combined with the Pilot Rock and Lizard Peak hikes.
Getting ThereFrom the intersection of Route 95 and McCulloch Blvd S at the south end of Lake Havasu City, turn southwest on McCulloch Blvd S and drive 3/4of a mile to the parking area on the right.
Yellow Trail follows the bottom of the canyon. Blue Trail Parallels it above the canyon to the north. The path to Arch Rock shown. Beyond Arch Rock, I found my way into another wash and then onto the trail to Pilot Rock which will be described in a different summitpost page.
Yellow Trail (in the canyon)Yellow Trail is roughly 2.5 miles long. Elevation at trailhead is 850 ft and lake level is 450 ft.
From Sara Park Trailhead follow the Yellow Trail down the usually dry wash. After about a mile, the wash begins to get narrow.
You will then reach the top of the 8 ft tall dry waterfall. When I was in the area, a rope had been bolted into the rock making it easier to go up and down. The rope is seen on the left side of the picture. Before going down, you should obviously make sure you are able to come back up.
Looking back at the dry waterfall. My hiking pole is roughly 42 inches tall.
You will then have to go over this choke stone.
Looking back at the choke stone.
Near the end of the slot canyon, depending on recent rainfall, you may reach this water hole. When I was in the area in December, 4 days after heavy rain, I could completely submerge my 42 inch tall hiking pole in the edge of the water. I was afraid that the middle of the hole might be deeper than my head. I retraced my way back up the canyon and went on the Blue Trail following it to the lake. I then came back up the canyon to the start of the slot canyon at the other end of this waterhole.
Beyond the waterhole, the canyon opens up to form a dry desert wash. Looking back at the slopes of Lizard Peak. In the picture below, Blue Trail can be seen up the slopes.
Arch Rock can also be seen up the slopes to the left (south).
Continuing down the wash.
For a short time a Canyon forms but it soon opens up again.
Vegetation near the lake.
Find a trail on the right (north) side of the wash that goes up bypassing the vegetation and then reaching the edge of Lake Havasu. Ducks demanding food from me.
Blue Trail (above the canyon)Blue Trail branches off of Yellow Trail 0.8 miles from Sara Park Trailhead before the slot canyon forms. Signage may not be good. Look at satellite photos and be familiar with the area. The trail goes up the slopes and then parallels the canyon far above it. Looking down at the beginning and end of the slot canyon.
View of the wash and the distant lake.
The trail then follows the hill tops until it reaches Lake Havasu at Balance Rock.
Arch Rock TrailArch Rock Trail was not signed. After exiting the slot canyon, I found a trail on the left (south) side that went up the slopes toward Arch Rock. Views of slot canyon, slopes of Lizard Peak and Blue Trail on the slopes on the other side.
The trail can be followed south/southwest to an area below Arch Rock.