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Water Tank & Steamboat Cove

 
Water Tank & Steamboat Cove

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Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.41387°N / 114.24217°W

Object Title: Water Tank & Steamboat Cove

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Route Type: Hiking

Season: Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Jan 15, 2017 / Jan 15, 2017

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Overview

This hike starts a few miles to the south of Lake Havasu City, AZ. It takes you from Route 95 through an area of volcanic hills known as Aubrey Hills to The Water Tank, a flat piece of metal spread over the desert floor to collect rain water for the local wildlife. The tank sits near the jagged Peak 1379 ft which is unofficially known as Horse Hoof Peak. To make the hike longer and more interesting, I continued up to the saddle on the east side of Horse Hoof Peak and then descended into a valley that led me down to Lake Havasu at Steamboat Cove.

Getting There

From the south end of Lake Havasu City, I drove 4 miles south on Route 95 past mile marker 173. On the right (south) side of Route 195, I found the gated road that went to an electrical station. I parked at the start of that road.



Route Description

The hike to the water tank is 3.2 miles long one way and 5.4 miles to Lake Havasu one way.



From the parking area I went over the gate and hiked the dirt road 0.6 miles to the electrical station. Aubrey Hills were visible to the southwest. Behind the station, the road went into a dry wash. I headed west and found the road exiting the wash.

Wash behind the electrical station
In the wash


After a short distance, another road branched to the south. I turned left and headed south on the new road toward Aubrey Hills.

Toward Aubrey Hills
Toward Aubrey Hills
Toward Aubrey Hills
Toward Aubrey Hills


Old car.

Old car
 


View of Bill Williams Mountains to the east.

Bill Williams Mountains
Bill Williams Mountains


The road slowly turned west and went up to a saddle among the jagged Aubrey Hills Then slowly went downhill on the other side.

Aubrey Hill
 
Aubrey Hills
 
Aubrey Hills
 
Aubrey Hills
 
Aubrey Hills
 
Aubrey Hills
 


Peaks to the west.

Peaks to the west
 


First view of Horse Hoof Peak.

Horse Hoof Peak
Horse Hoof Peak


Near the water tank.

Aubrey Hills
 


The water tank & Horse Hoof Peak.

Water Tank & Horse Hoof Peak
Horse Hoof Peak
Water Tank and Aubrey Hills
 


Beyond the tank, there was no more road or trail. I walked up to the 1100 ft saddle to the east of Horse Hoof Peak. Views from the saddle.

Crossman Peak
Crossman Peak
Lake havasu
Lake Havasu

Aubrey Hills
Aubrey Hills


I then descended into a valley to the south of Horse Hoof Peak.

Horse Hoof Peak
Horse Hoof Peak
Horse Hoof Peak
Horse Hoof Peak


A canyon formed.

Canyon near Lake Havasu
 
Canyon near Lake Havasu
 


Near the lake.

Canyon near Lake Havasu
 
In the wash near Lake Havasu
 
Canyon near Lake Havasu
 
Dense growth of bushes at the lake
 

Looking toward peaks to the west of Lake Havasu
Peaks to the west of the lake


Steamboat Cove on Lake Havasu.

Steamboat Cove at Lake Havasu
Steamboat Cove on Lake Havasu

When to hike

Winter is the best time. Summer can get dangerously hot.

External Links

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/hiking/trails/water-tank/.

Images

Horse Hoof PeakHorse Hoof PeakAubrey HillsSteamboat Cove at Lake HavasuLake havasuLooking toward peaks to the west of Lake HavasuPeaks to the west
Toward Aubrey HillsCrossman PeakOld carDense growth of bushes at the lakeAubrey HillsCanyon near Lake HavasuWater Tank & Horse Hoof Peak
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