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Portland Mine Road

Portland Mine Road Description

Portland Mine Road is long and remote trail that runs from the Cottonwood Road near Pierce Ferry on US 93 on the Arizona side of Lake Mohave. The trail is an old mining road that goes to the Portland Mine, an old gold mine in the Black Mountains. It is long but relatively easy to run in a Jeep. The first section of the trail is a primitive dirt road that goes down Lost Cabin Wash. The wash is loose and gravely. It is recommended to air down you tires so you don't get bogged down in the sand. After travelling the long Lost Cabin Wash, there is a turn off for Jeep Cove Road which is a fun spur trail that ends at Lake Mohave and is a good place to cool off and get your feet wet. After that, you head up the ridge to the Portland Mine. After the mine, you drop down in to Portland Wash, a gravely wash that isn't particularly difficult, but can bog you down if you are not careful. After the Portland wash, the trail runs along a ridge that offer great views of Lake Mohave and the surrounding mountains. This is the most difficult part of the trail with loose rocks and rutted out washes. There are steep descents across the washes, so be careful as the trail changes frequently due to rain and weather. The trail ends at the junction with Princess Cove road where you can head to Laughlin. This trail is in a very remote area so make sure you bring lots of water and never travel alone.

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