The Mohave Sunset Trail dates back to the beginning of the city in 1971 when digging the Bridgewater Channel turned Pittsburg Point into the Island. This trail may eventually become part of the Lake Havasu National Bluewater Trail System, connecting Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge in the south with Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in the north along one paved route for walkers, runners and cyclists.
An easy walk starting at the London Bridge, following Bridgewater Channel and the lake, through Lake Havasu State Park. Hikers pass the English Village, Windsor Beach and an interpretive cactus garden. There are benches and tables along the way.
Directions to Trailhead
Option One: Drive down McCulloch Blvd past Lake Havasu Blvd heading to the Island. Park in the large lot on the left, just before crossing the London Bridge. Walk down the steps to river level under the London Bridge. Option Two: Drive down Mesquite Ave (one block north of McCulloch) and cross Hwy 95. Turn left into the English Village parking lot. Walk down the main corridor to the bridge.
Trail Route Instructions
- Start under the Bridge at the English Village.
- Walk north along the shore until the pavement ends.
- Go around the gate and continue on the sand to the lighthouse at the day-use area in Lake Havasu State Park.
- Nearby, next to a pile of rocks, is the start of a 1.72 mile well-marked nature trail skirting the lake past the campground and cactus garden and ending near the boat ramp.
- Walk as far as you like. A good endpoint is at mp 1.6 at the lake overlook atop a hill (elev 477 ft).
- Turn around and come back the way you came.
- The fee for walk-ins visitors to enter the park is $3. This fee should be paid to the Ranger in the contact station at the north end of the trail. In the future, a ballard (or “iron ranger”) will be constructed at the south end of the park to make payment of this fee more convenient. (Cars that drive into Lake Havasu State Park to use the Mohave Sunset Trail pay the normal park entrance fee of $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays.)
Arizona Hiking Safety
The rugged beauty of the Lake Havasu City area, just down the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon, makes a lasting impression. But the desert can be hazardous. Many trails are unmarked and infrequently traveled. Please consider these suggestions to make the most of your adventure:
- Avoid hiking during the summer, approximately June 15 to September 15, when daytime temperatures can reach 120° or more.
- Do not hike in washes when heavy rainfall is anticipated to avoid the threat of flash floods.
- Always take plenty of water; plan to carry at least one quart of water for every four hours you hike in direct sunlight.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses with UV-protection, and sunscreen.
- Print off a copy of the trail map from this webpage and carry it with you if the route is unfamiliar.
- Wear sturdy, thick-soled shoes and use a hiking stick if you easily lose your balance.
- Never hike alone and always let a responsible person know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Plan to leave on your hike early in the day to avoid the risk of being lost on the trail after dark.
- Travel light; the less you carry the more you will enjoy the hike.
- Leave nothing behind. We want our trails to remain beautiful for your return!
* Aesthetic rating: The more diamonds, the more desirable the trail the in terms of remoteness, natural features and scenic beauty