Castle Rock trail in Kingman Arizona is one of my favorite trails in the area. It is in the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area. The trail could use a little work but for the most part it is a great singletrack. The climb is not very steep, just a good gradual climb that is a blast to come down. A few parts are a little technical but only because of the loose rock. The views along this trail are breathtaking, Kingman Arizona, the Hualapais. The trail combined with Camp Beal Loop is a 12 mile lollipop or can be combined with Cook Canyon Trail/Monolith Gardens for a 19 mile ride. I did the Cook Canyon, Monolith Gardens, Castle Rock loop and it took me about 4 hours. I was riding slow, taking lots of pictures, and fixing one flat. I highly recommend slime tubes.For just the Castle Rock trail start at the parking lot and do the Camp Beal Loop clockwise or counterclockwise. I have always gone clockwise, I don’t know why. At the top of the 1.5 mile climb are 2 benches and a map. Head north up the short steep climb to start the Castle Rock trial. This part of the trial is a bit washed out but not too bad. Head down into a wash and then you start the long gradual climb. The first part of coming out of the wash just plain sucks. You probably have to walk your bike about .25 miles, but don't let it deter you. After .25 miles you hit quality trail. You climb great single track through a couple more washes and then come to a fence. This is a great spot for a break, just past the fence is a bench. After your lunch break continue climbing. The trail gets real good with great exposure and amazing views. You do a couple of switchbacks and then come very close to the dirt road that comes in through Johnson Spring. Stay left and you will eventually come to the intersection with Badger Trail. Continue on castle Rock Trail around the basin to Castle Rock. Incredible views, the town to the north is Chloride. From here turn around and hang on. The downhill is a blast, a little bumpy but fun. When you get to the benches you past on Camp Beal Loop take a left and come down the valley. This part is a blast, watch out some of those rocks jump out from nowhere.
From the west side of town, take Hwy 93 to Fort Beal Dr. Go right. Make a left on the road where you see a small sign that says Camp Beal Loop. The paved road will take you up to a small parking area where the trailhead is. The GPS coordinates for this turn are N 35.21245 W 114.07850.From Stockton Hill Rd. take Sycamore Ave west till it curves around to the left. Make a right on Anson Smith Rd. This turns into White Cliffs Rd, and then turns into Fort Beal Dr. You’ll see a paved road off to the right and a small sign that says Camp Beal Loop. The GPS coordinates for this turn are N 35.21245 W 114.07850.
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03/19/2008Start of Castle Rock from Camp Beal Loop
03/19/2008In need of repair
03/19/2008Gate on Castle Rock
03/19/2008Great exposure don't fall
03/19/2008View of Badger Trail
03/19/2008Almost to the top of Castle Rock
03/19/2008Cool mineral deposit on the way to Castle Rock
03/19/2008You made it
03/19/2008Castle Rock Topo Trail MapPrint Trail Map (.pdf)
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