Had never tried anything west of the White Tanks. So it was time to make the trek out between the booming metropolises' of Aguila and Wendon in La Paz County. After a quick overshoot of the turn off Route 60, we made our way through the "Cowboy Gate" and made the 2.2 mile drive to the nice TH. Like the HikeAZ directions say, the road is just past mile marker 71, across the street from the lone palm tree.Harquahala
(har-kwa-HO'L-u') is the tallest peak in La Paz County at 5,681 feet. The first 2 miles follow an old jeep road and are not to bad of a climb. Once you get to the remnants of the old Miner's Camp, it follows the old Mule track and is a steady climb to the top.
Much wining and crying could be heard from my hiking partner on this perfect day for a hike. One little prick from a catclaw bush, early in the morning, produced a high pitched scream that flushed quail for a mile and a half around us.
Great views on top. The history of this mountain and the remnants of the Smithsonian Observatory from the 1920's, is pretty interesting.
This is one hike that I'm glad I've done.
Note to Self:
Note to Joe:
it's pronounced, Deh-sid-you-us http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=deciduous