Water Tank & Steamboat Cove

Water Tank & Steamboat Cove

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 34.41387°N / 114.24217°W
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Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Hike
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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 stationIn 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 HillsToward Aubrey Hills
Toward Aubrey HillsToward Aubrey Hills

Old car.

Old car

View of Bill Williams Mountains to the east.

Bill Williams MountainsBill 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 PeakHorse Hoof Peak

Near the water tank.

Aubrey Hills

The water tank & Horse Hoof Peak.

Water Tank & Horse Hoof PeakHorse 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 PeakCrossman Peak
Lake havasuLake Havasu

Aubrey HillsAubrey Hills

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

Horse Hoof PeakHorse Hoof Peak
Horse Hoof PeakHorse 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 HavasuPeaks to the west of the lake

Steamboat Cove on Lake Havasu.

Steamboat Cove at Lake HavasuSteamboat Cove on Lake Havasu

When to hike

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

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