SARA’s Crack

The previous post mentioned one reason to return to Lake Havasu City, and promised this time we’d reveal an even better one. We don’t welch on our promises, so here you go: SARA’s Crack. Officially it’s on BLM Land and called the Crack in the Wall Trail, but we like to go with the local lingo whenever we can. And SARA? It’s short for the SARA Park, AKA the Special Activity Recreation Area. Whew! No wonder the locals have their own nickname for it. Why call it a Crack? It’s a slot canyon. Slot canyons are like big cracks in the wall (sound familiar?!?).

The trail starts pretty evenly — a nice stroll along gravel stream beds, dry this time of the year.

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Before long, the walls start to close in, and you discover you’re in for a treat: boulders to scuttle your butt over:

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Just when you start to get the hang of scrambling over and around those boulders, you happen upon this…

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…a drop of ten or more feet. I’m standing at the top edge of it. See that tiny clothesline rope just behind my feet? Another hiker told us there used to be a sturdier rope but someone probably stole it, and a well-meaning soul replaced it. We just weren’t feeling up to scooting ourselves down this slippery slope, and decided to tackle it the next time. (Maybe more protein from that steak and ravioli at La Vita Dolce was in order!)

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Maybe those 15 extra pounds we each put on eating our way to Alaska and back helped give us extra padding — sliding down the drop wasn’t as tricky as we thought. For younger folks it’s a breeze and a fun point of the hike. For us older hikers who have to take care not to land funny on our ankles or other parts of our anatomy, it’s best to go slow and be careful.

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Hiking the loop, once down the sliding rock, is not only great exercise because of the hill you climb, but the views of the lake are stunning…

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…proving yet again it’s always a good idea to turn around to see what’s behind you. Sometimes the views are even better that way than what’s ahead.

We loved SARA’s Crack and will hike it again.We hiked in early November and — as you can see from the photos — the days were bright and warm, but very dry. If you’re game, take plenty of water. And padded pants if you want to slide down the rock!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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