Standard Wash has been a popular off-road and hiking venue for years.
Experience a 12-ft high dry waterfall in a scenic canyon heading down to beaches and picnic tables in one of Lake Havasu’s largest washes!
Directions to Trailhead
“Option 1. Drive south on Hwy 95 to the vicinity of mile post 173, about 4 miles out of town. Off to the right is an electrical substation. Park at the entrance road near the gate (elev 1060 ft). Option 2. Drive another ½ mile along Hwy 95 and park off road on the east side of the highway at the BLM Standard Wash parking area. This site saves hiking time and distance. “
Trail Route Instructions
- If you park in the vicinity of mile post 173 (option 1 above), walk behind the gate down the dirt road to the electrical substation.
- From behind the substation, walk south in the wash (parallel to the highway) and continue downstream.
- From the alternate site at the BLM parking area, walk through the underpass (south side of parking area) to avoid crossing Hwy 95. Follow the wash downstream until it meets the wash listed in Option 1. Be sure as you proceed on this shortcut to mark every time you enter a new wash so you can find it on the way back. If you don’t, you may get back to the highway some distance from your car.
Main Trail Details
- Following either option, the wash eventually turns right, entering a canyon that leads to the lake.
- A large 12 ft high dry waterfall can be slid down on the left side, and can be climbed back up in the middle or on the right (elev 686 ft). Before you descend, however, be sure you can get back up on the return trip. There is a not very well-defined bypass trail up and around this area on the north side; retreat about 100 yards and look for it, if needed.
- When near the lake, go up the left bank at its lowest point on a burro trail (behind a bushy tree) and follow it along the rim and down to the lake and campsite (elev 450 ft).
- If you intend to spend more than 20 minutes within 200 feet of the Standard Wash campsite, the user fee is $10 a day for up to six (6) people, with a $2 fee for each additional person. If you intend to camp, an additional overnight fee of $10 is good until 9 a.m. the following day.
- Fee ballards, known as “”iron rangers,”” are located onsite beside the picnic table. Funds should be deposited in the permit envelope and dropped inside the ballard. You must present a use permit upon demand to any authorized Bureau of Land Management official inspecting the site.
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