Safelite, Kingman, AZ

Safelite, Kingman, AZ

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While we had been running a lot of fantastic trails (Hole-In-The-Floor, Twister, Wayne´s World, Moss Wash – The Easy Way and Pass Canyon to Oatman) in march in the Kingman area, Wayne, Ric and me discussed about a possible trail run in september. I had a day, before I had to be at the Cinders OHV in Flagstaff and so we fixed that day for a run soon. Ric asked me, which trails I would like to run and I suggested Safelite, Homecourt and Candy Ass. Finally, we agreed on Safelite. On september, 14th, we met up at the Blake Ranch Exit of I-40 to run this difficult trail. Jim, Rick and Doug also joined. We went down a nice dirt road, before we headed right towards Soap Canyon in the Hualapai Mountain area. After a couple of miles, we arrived in Soap Canyon and started to run the Safelite trail. Due to recent rains, it was partly wet and slippery along the trail. I felt quite often, like I did not have any traction at all ;). We tackled almost all obstacles along the trail, besides the huge waterfall. Jim was the only one, who gave it a try and finally made it up successfully. But there had been so many other obstacles, which challenged us. It was an absolutely great day. On the way out, we followed a shelf road, which got us back to the access road, which we used on the way in. Safelite was for me the most difficult trail, I was running in the Kingman area so far. Thanks to everybody, who joined and made this such a memorable trip.

After the pictures below, there are two videos to find. One shows Rick on the gatekeeper and one shows Jim, conquering the big waterfall.

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Here are two videos, taken during our run of Safelite:

And here one can also download a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Safelite, Kingman, AZ (174 downloads)

The following map shows the trail:

Christian

Christian

Hi, my name is Christian. Since years, my wife and me are spending our vacation in the southwest of the USA. At the beginning, we had been visiting a lot of national parks, but after some time, we started to explore also areas off pavement. We started with the Coyote Buttes South region and White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Over years, we explored almost the complete Vermilion Cliffs NM and visited also a lot of other areas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Especially the Moab area and the San Rafael Swell are our favorites. But also the Rubicon trail in the High Sierras was very impressing. In 2015, we had been the first time in the Kingman, AZ area. There are a lot of outstanding 4WD trails, like Sleeping Princess or Moss Wash. This type of trails has a high difficulty rating and one should have the right vehicle and good driving skills to tackle this type of trails. As I did not find any good source of information about the trails, we planned to drive at the beginning of our ‘offroad adventures’, I started to create this website. I hope, that it has some use for visitors and gives some kind of information and also inspiration.

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