Family Trail Hiking At Cattail Cove

Dated: 01/27/2018

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Family Trail Hike at Cattail Cove State Park


Today we packed lunch, hopped in the minivan and headed down to Cattail Cove State Park.  Cattail Cove is a peaceful 2000 acre Arizona State Park located about 15 miles South of Lake Havasu City on the lakeside of State Route 95.

entrance to Cattail Cove State Park

While Cattail Cove is a popular destination for RV camping this time of year and offers over 30 boating campsites along our beautiful shoreline that are almost always full during the weekends of the warmer months, today we're going to explore one of Cattail Cove's many hiking trails.

There are many trails at Cattail Cove, and they don't list them all on their website.

Since two of our three kids are on the younger side, we decided to take the short yet scenic trail of McKinney Loop.  Just under a mile in length, with an easy to moderate difficulty rating, McKinney Loop begins just South of the boat launch ramp, right next to Dog Beach.  With the exception of the sandy developed beaches, Cattail Cove is dog friendly.  Of course, Daphne did need to be on her leash at all times.

Tip: Ask for a trail map upon entering the park.

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It was a cool January day, but please don't take your pet hiking when it's warm!

We adopted our dog Daphne from Western Arizona Humane Society. Can you guess what kind of dog she is?  We know, because we had a DNA test done just for fun!  Comment below if you'd like to know, and click on this picture to visit Western Arizona Humane Society.

While we crossed paths with other adventurers on our way to the trail, we didn't encounter any other hikers along McKinney Loop.  Had it not been such a windy day, I would've described it as tranquil, but it was definitely quiet and beautiful.

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The trail winds along the Colorado River shoreline, offering both lake and mountain views, but we're still in the Arizona desert, and the beauty of our desert surprisingly never ceases to amaze me.

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With wooden steps, sections of the path lined in rocks, and signage directing the way, McKinney Trail is a well-marked path. 

Yes, my daughter's wearing a dress and "cute" boots for a hike.  I tried to talk her into wearing sneakers, I promise!

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Make no mistake though.  While man has lined the path, this is nature in all it's glory.  We didn't stray from the beaten path to capture these photos. We didn't need to.  Beauty surrounded us in every direction.

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After exiting the trail, we grabbed a picnic bench near the boat launch ramp, and enjoyed our lunch, before driving back up the picturesque winding road to State Route 95.  

View from road leaving Cattail Cove

This is my first blog post here, but it won't be my last.  Lake Havasu has so much to offer when it comes to family fun and family field trips.  Check back to see what trail we explore next!

Do you have a favorite trail or area to hike in or around Lake Havasu City? Comment below and share your favorite spot.


Photo Credit:  All photos in this post were taken by Diesel McGregor, my 11-year old son.

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