Phase II expansion of the White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail system

Published by The Bee News

November 8, 2022

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The American Conservation Experience (ACE) has completed their second stint working on the Phase II expansion of the White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail system. Completing the Jack Rabbit Loop & Skyline Loop.

Original Story

Kingman Begins Work on the White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail Downtown Connector (10/18/22)

The AZ State Parks Board and the City of Kingman is partnering with the American Conservation Experience (ACE) to do the trail construction. The Arizona State Parks Board voted unanimously to approve a $99,000 grant for the City of Kingman earlier this year to complete the downtown trail connector portion of the White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail (WCWW). We ask those visiting the area to please refrain from hiking the incomplete trail expansion areas. The project could be complete in roughly six months, barring any weather delays. (map attached shows Phase 2 & downtown connector)

Kingman Mayor Ken Watkins said, “The Arizona State Parks Board has continually recognized the value of our community’s trails system with their continued support. This addition improves livability within our city and enhances tourism.”

Kingman City Manager Ron Foggin said, “Parks and Recreation Director Mike Meersman and his team’s dedication have led to large expansions of this trail that attract people from not only our city, but regionally as well.”

WCWW Phase 2 construction is exceedingly rocky, and while the proposed trail alignments often use existing bedrock that is suitable for trail tread, connecting native soil to bedrock as the trails change elevation will require rock structures to ensure sustainability. This construction is also grant-funded through the AZ State Parks Board for $162,000. Phase 1 construction on the project was finished in May 2021, of a total of about $60,000, with an AZ State Parks $30,000 grant addition.

The new trails will gain elevation to two separate mesas, one to the north East and one to the South of the Wagon Trail. The new “Upper Trails” will connect atop the East and West mesas that are divided by a road bed. The road beds are a destination in their own right and provide dramatic views of the Hualapai Mountains, East Kingman, Cerbat Cliffs golf course and downtown Kingman. The City will also install 2 message board signs with current mapping at each trailhead end; downtown and uptown.

The .8-mile Connector Trail will link the City of Kingman Downtown area to the White Cliffs Wagon Trail Phase 2 that is in the works. The trail will connect at the north end of 3rd Street near downtown Kingman and connect to the Uptown area near the Cerbat Cliffs golf course. This trail will link the down town Kingman area to our uptown area.

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