Friday, October 30, 2015

Crack in the Wall Trail (SARA Park), 10/29/2015

Sara Park is a 1,100-acre, multi-purpose city park, located about 7 miles south of Campbell Cove RV Resort (where we are staying) in Lake Havasu City. The name of the park is an acronym for Special Activities and Recreation Area. In addition to hiking and biking trails, there is an off-leash dog park, rodeo and fairgrounds, BMX and motor cross raceway, roller hockey facility, baseball/softball fields, gun/archery ranges, and the Havasu 95 Speedway (stock car racing venue). We, of course, visited the park to do some hiking (dogs are permitted). 

Traveling southbound on Rte 95, turn right onto McCulloch Boulevard South to reach the trailhead for the Crack in the Wall Trail. This is a popular and scenic trail that follows a wash to the shoreline of Lake Havasu (2 miles each way). 

When we started out there were bright blue skies to the north and threatening dark skies to the south. 

The Crack on this trail is dangerous due to flash flooding when it rains (as are all slot canyons in this part of the country), so we kept a close eye on the weather. The trail quickly drops into a winding wash with spectacular mountain views and interesting rock formations along the way.

Sadie had a blast exploring the sights and smells along the trail. 

As we continued hiking down the wash, the rock formations became more interesting and more spectacular!

The canyon continued to narrow becoming rocky and more difficult to navigate. 

We came to a point in the crack where there is a rope to assist with descending to the canyon floor below. 

Sadie, who normally runs ahead on the trail and then circles back to us, stopped here peering down. We knew we could climb down using the rope, but we weren't sure how we would get Sadie back up (and, honestly, I wasn't sure how well I could climb up with my sprained wrist). Having achieved our goal to hike a portion of the crack, we made the decision to turn back. We took our time enjoying the scenery on our hike back. 

We saw these two windows in the cliffs hiking out of the Crack that we had missed  previously. 

The Crack in the Wall Trail ends at Balance Cove on Lake Havasu. We visited this cove when we were on the Lighthouse Cruise earlier this week. 

We ended up hiking about 3 miles round trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. We met several groups of hikers along the trail. Coincidentally, one of the couples we met on the trail is staying at the same RV resort where we are staying. 

For additional information about Sara Park, check out their website. 

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