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Hualapai Peak, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.48 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,444 feet
Elevation Gain 952 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,471 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.84
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10  2018-07-22
Hualapai Peak & Hayden Peak
8  2017-10-30 azbackpackr
5  2017-05-10 BEEBEE
11  2017-04-23
Hualapai Super Loop
6  2017-04-23
Hualapai Super Loop
20  2016-11-05
Potato Patch Loop and AHH Peaks
23  2016-10-08
Hualapai Super Loop
12  2016-09-24
Hualapai Hat-Trick
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Author chumley
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Age 46 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Mohave County Highpoint!
by chumley

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Important Mileage Note
Statistics for this hike are only for the spur hike to the peak from the Potato Patch Loop. Getting to and from the trailhead on the Potato Patch Loop will add an additional 900 feet of elevation gain, and 4.4 to 4.8 miles to this hike, depending on the direction you choose. The minimum distance you will hike round-trip from the trailhead to this peak is 7.9 miles. Additional miles may be added to your trip by hiking additional trails in the park.

The Hualapai Mountains are named after the Native Americans who resided here until being relocated by the US Military in the 1870s. Trails in the mountains were constructed beginning in the 1930s by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), and have been maintained and updated over time. Hual is the native term for Ponderosa Pine, meaning the Hualapai were the People of the Ponderosa Pines, or colloquially "Pine Tree Folk".

Hike Description
This old road heads southeast from the Potato Patch junction at park map point #8. It descends about 200 feet over the first half mile and then climbs gently to a saddle at the .75 mile mark. (This saddle marks the park boundary, and the remainder of the hike is outside the park.) From the saddle, the old road turns to the southwest and ascends steeply directly toward the peak, climbing about 500 feet in half a mile before leveling off somewhat at about 1.25 miles. The respite is short-lived as the road begins to ascend toward the peak once again, this time going through several tight switchbacks. At 1.65 miles you reach the last switchback, and while the road continues to the south about 200 yards, it is here that the easiest access to gain the summit begins on the east side of the peak. (The south side at the end of the road is a much more technical climb).

Climb up the steep slope into the foliage-filled chute, negotiating boulders, scree, brush, and the only cactus I've ever seen growing at 8400 feet. Some class-3 scrambling will be required to gain the summit, where outstanding views in all directions will greet you. On a clear day, you can see the San Francisco Peaks, 130-miles to the east in Flagstaff.

This is an out-and-back hike, so when you've had enough of the views, return the way you came.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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Hualapai Peak
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Finally made it (almost) to the summit. At least I made it to the boulder next to the summit boulder. From this non-summit boulder I was able to stand up and have my head higher than the benchmark on the actual summit boulder, and take a photo of said benchmark. So, there. Not as spry as I once was, what can I say?

I posted it as a group thing at the last minute, and had one taker. It was nice to have company for a change. He talked my ear off, which at least kept me from being bored with myself, which often happens on solo hikes.

The weather was nice, but the views were slightly hazy--we could not see the San Francisco Peaks.

Anyway, good hike, hope to get up in the area a few more times as long as this dry weather holds, seeing as I'm wintering fairly close by.

Fall colors are pretty much gone now.
Hualapai Peak
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Hualapai Super Loop
an excellent hike on the way to las vegas with linda
this area has been on my list for awhile
didn't realize we would be hitting all three peaks :)
also didn't realize we would be in pine trees the entire time
the entire park is beautiful
set out on potato patch loop, hitting hualapai peak first
a bit of a scramble to get to the summit
nice to get the mohave county high point
dropped back down to potato patch, going through the boy scout camp, then made the steep road walk to hayden peak
went up both sets of steps to be sure we had the high point
back down the road to the aspen peak trail
nice trail to the saddle, then off trail to the peak
great views of the other peaks from there
finished out potato patch loop
loved the park, and would enjoy camping or staying in one of the cabins sometime
very windy on sunday, making summit stays brief
great choice, linda, and a great start to the weekend!
Hualapai Peak
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Hualapai Super Loop
Irony: I had planned on a trip to Flagstaff to visit Philomena Springs on the Peaks, for about a month, but decided to drive to Kingman to hike this loop instead, as the forecast was for cold temperatures on the Peaks. I also had no real desire to revisit the Mazatzals so soon, which I had considered doing. Either way, the forecast for sun and mild gave way to increasing storm chances as the hike day approached. By the time I was out there, I had barely any sun, it was cold for me (but likely still warmer than it would have been on the Peaks even at 11,600') and I had hail, some passing rain, and cold wind on any summit or high ridge. I guess the gods didn't want me to have what Todd and Kyle had 2 weeks ago, out here, or myself and Linda had the same day in the Mazatzals. Oh, well.

Todd's loop from 9/24 and his photos of great views with excellent sky conditions had me excited to head to Kingman (yes, really) to explore this range I had never visited, despite expressing a desire to do so 8 years ago. The hike is solid, the park pretty nice, the range interesting, and the views on a nice day are probably very worth it. I followed Todd's loop route exactly as he hiked it so I could use his stats, but also as it was a pretty good loop, and nothing here is ever very long. Counter clock-wise on the Potato Patch Loop, Aspen Peak, Hayden via the road, than a cut over to the Tipton overlook using the Upper Dinosaur Trail, down the road and up the slope to Hualapai Peak, and back to the trailhead finishing on the east side of the Potato Patch Loop.

I was not really surprised it was over 13 mile, but I don't really feel like it was over 4,000' of AEG. Still, I trust the GPS route and stats, and rolling terrain is generally easier to take than a steep up and down. I wish I had those clear blue skies, long distance views, and pleasant hiking conditions, but I guess it was better than a trip to the Peaks, and I did get to use my poncho for the first time this year, as I had good fortune on the Peaks for every Humphrey summit, or I was smart and didn't hike there in the Monsoon season. I took advantage of the storm shelter below the Tipton Overlook and ate lunch for about 10 minutes during the hail storm, and even though I considered skipping Hualapai Peak, I scrambled to the summit of that through New Mexican Locust, as I was there and could tolerate the cold wet wind for a little while. I was in shorts and t-shirt for this.

I highly recommend this hike, but also recommend better weather! I guess I could have canceled my hotel reservation, but I didn't want to, and in the end, I did something new.
Hualapai Peak
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Hualapai Super Loop
I was so surprised on my first visit here that I knew I had to come back. Upon returning, I forgot how much I like this park! With eyes set on the two peaks I had previously missed, we started with Aspen. This one is a winner. The trail is great to the Dean overlook, and then the unmaintained route to the summit is nice enough and easy to find. Below the peak is an A-Plus camping area with awesome views in all directions.

Next up was Hayden. We took the road which is super steep, but not that exciting. The park literature indicates that visitors should not disturb the equipment on the peak, and we didn't. Though we did observe it from a fairly close range. :scared: I decided to hit the second hump on the peak while Kyle headed back down. On my return I found a short crossover to the Dinosaur Rock trail and decided to descend that way instead. Then I got to the Tipton Overlook junction, and it would just be dumb not to go out there too. Kyle would have to wait!

In retrospect, if doing this peak again I'd skip the road altogether. The upper part of Dinosaur Rock was awesome. A beautiful grove of aspen was the highlight. Tipton Overlook is worth the price of admission too. (That price being annoyingly flat switchbacks which I cut vertically on the way down :oops: )

Next up, we decided there was no reason not to bag Hualapai too. While I had been there before, Kyle had not, and it's a fun one I didn't mind doing again. We took turns Lily-sitting since the summit is not dog friendly. Thousands upon thousands of ladybugs covered the peak, but I think it's past their season. They were pretty docile and even their color looked dull. I don't know anything about ladybugs but I was a little surprised to see them this late in the year.

We headed down and finished on the other side of the Potato Patch Loop. This northern slope is a different world of shade, grass, and trees. It's almost as if Kingman isn't... right over there. :A1:
Hualapai Peak
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The Hualapai Mountains seem such an anomaly. Leave ugly, dusty, drab, gray Kingman, and drive 10 miles up a mountain, and you are in the Sierras, or Catalinas! Granite peaks, forest of pines, spruce, fir and aspen, and great views.

I didn't make it to the summit, but after discussion with Chumley I think next time I will easily get there. I tried to climb the summit rocks from the wrong side. Compare my GPS route with the official one. The best way to see what I did compared to what they did is to put it in satellite mode.

I hope to go back soon!

Oh, for those of you waiting, on the edge of your seats, for updated news about my feet: Yes, they are much better. These Lowa Renegade boots are very good. And I took Ibuprofen partway into the hike, to try to prevent any aching. This is the longest hike with the most AEG BY FAR that I have done in quite a few months.
Hualapai Peak
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After an entertaining night of camping :whistle: , we headed over to Hualapai Mountain Park with the intention of getting to the Mohave County high point.

It's early season and there was only one car in the parking lot when we arrived. The trails here are very well marked, and in great shape. We did a counter-clockwise loop around Aspen Peak on the Potato Patch Loop.

After wandering through Camp Levi Levi, we followed the road toward Hualapai. Only later did I realize that Hualapai Peak is not inside the county park, and therefore explains why this aggressively-signed trail system has no mention of Hualapai Peak on it. After some confusion, we figured it out, and headed southeast along the old road, first descending and then climbing to a saddle, before the old road turns to the southwest and ascends steeply directly toward the peak.

This would have been a very rough road for a vehicle back in the day! A very impressive grade!

The trail levels out for a short stretch before making the final push to the peak, where it ends on the south side below the rocky summit. We chose our ascent route from the east, one switchback below the end of the road, where a vegetation-filled chute showed signs of previous travel. There is some easy class-3 scrambling to the peak, the only real hazard was not slipping on the patches of snow that remained from a small storm earlier in the week.

The top is small and it was windy. There are two reference marks pointing to the benchmark. Strangely the one reference mark was blatantly higher (by at least 2-3 feet) than the benchmark. :-k

Also, Lee and John indicated that the Garmin basemaps have this peak marked with an incorrect elevation over 1000 feet lower than it actually is. Strange.

I spent 5-10 minutes climbing up, down, and around the boulders up top looking for any sign of a register. To my surprise, there wasn't one. On a county highpoint!!? Despite it's relative ease to get to, the peak itself is a bit of a challenge, as noted by previous HAZ triplogs (Joe, seriously!? ;)) so it wouldn't surprise me if a register up there didn't get more than 20-30 visits annually.

The trip down was quick and easy, this time taking the south and east route around Aspen Peak.

I like this park a lot. I'll be back to hit up Aspen, Hayden, and the other developed trail out to Potato Patch and Dinosaur Rock. Maybe Dean Peak across the way too. Or even hit Hualapai from the Wild Cow Springs drainage off-trail. Lots to do here :)
Hualapai Peak
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After a long night dealing with drunks and guns we made our way over to Hualapai Peak. I’ve never been over to this part of the state. As far as I knew we were going to be in a remote part of the desert. I was wrong. The peak is situated next to a mountain town that has all the amenities of city living including paved roads and a county park (access fee required).

We started our hike and it was a bit chilly out. I wore my fleece and was comfy. The trail immediately starts gaining elevation as you wrap around Aspen Peak. We stayed to the west and worked our way over to a Boy Scout camp which was still vacant. We explored the area and then proceeded towards Hualapai Peak along the road. For anyone looking, I cleaned up my GPS Track and deleted the parts of my track that venture off course. Once you’re on the road you follow it all the way to Hualapai Peak. The road degrades as you near the summit and there are a few down trees you need to navigate around. It’s not an issue.

We neared the summit and followed a use trail that leads to the peak. It’s a bit steep and overgrown near the peak and some snow was up top as well. We took turns on the summit because we didn’t want to take the dogs up the final steep stretch near the summit. The views are fantastic! I looked for a summit register but couldn’t find it. After the summit we dropped down a bit and had our lunch. From there we returned on the road and completed the Potato Patch loop and returned to the car by mid-afternoon. We were back in Phoenix around 6pm.

This was a fun and interesting weekend. Thanks Lee for driving and thanks Chumley for doing the research on these two hikes. It’s nice just being along for the ride sometime.
Hualapai Peak
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This was a nice little cap to the weekend. The trails could not have been any nicer, the amount of signs was overwhelming and it was relatively easy on the troubling knee.

Highlights included great views, a quaint little pine forest, hiking with John and Chumley, bagging another peak, eating snow, a pretty solid car camping breakfast, and most importantly no one really on the trails.
Hualapai Peak
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Super Hualapai Loop
The Plan was just to get to someplace cool and away from areas we've done before.
This seemed to fit the bill. A three hour drive and the forecast of 78 degrees sounded perfect.
I didn't plan to have this hike be as SWEET as it was.....

Take a Granite Mountain hike, mix it with a Wilderness of Rocks Hike, add beautiful Oaks, Maples, Aspens, and numerous conifers. Next apply near perfect trails, spectacular views, and hardly anyone out on a perfect day, that's pretty close to what you have here.

We did a Counter Clockwise loop starting just off Hualapai Mountain Road.
I think the route went something like this:
- Deer Canyon Trail
- Stone Step Lookout
- Music Mountain Overlook
- Potato Patch Loop
- Aspen Peak Trail (Dean Peak Overlook)
- West Hayden Trail (Mt Tipton Overloook)
- West Hayden Trail? (Yucca Overlook / Dinosaur Rock)
- Hualapai Trail - East Overlook (not an official trail, follow old 4x4 road to the end)
- Hualapai Trail to the top and back.
- Potato Patch Loop (SE Section)
- Deer Canyon Trail back to the Truck

Favorite destinations on this day.
Aspen Peak Trail - nice trail, great views
Yucca Overlook - Expansive views, nice Aspen areas
Hualapai 4x4 to the East overlook - WOW, You have to see it to appreciate it.
The Potato Patch Loop - has a little bit of everything and would be a great loop choice.

JBM was at an all time low, or my filter is working better.
Black Horseeee
Hualapai Peak
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Super Hualapai Loop
We drove up SR93 through massive stands of Joshua Trees and intriguing rippled terrain. In upper Sawmill Canyon off Hualapai Mountain Road we hit what I understand to be the lower access trailhead. The temps where cool in the upper 70's with a little humidity on scene too.

On Trail
The beginning is not very well defined in a wash. It soon makes sense and all the trails were well defined thereafter. The trail to the upper trailhead isn't as well cut, lacks waterbars and requires a little attention to avoid slips on the descent. It is steepish and appears to be less used than the other trails in the park. I didn't see the point in hiking the lower portion since it's a short drive to the upper. My opinion changed in a heartbeat when I realized I was in such a sweet forest. The canopy is just awesome. This type of hiking in a pine forest dazzles minds that never set foot on a trail reading about nature.

Aspen Peak 8167
After passing through a camp so good they named it twice we headed up to Aspen Peak. We went to a point where our gps track ended and the chaparral seemed to take over. After a short break we heard a few hikers coming down from somewhere. Three locals stopped by, we had a good chat.

On queue Bruce babbles about Michigan, Chicago and bla bla bla. There is typically one in every pack that bites. Never does one clarify why they all left these wonderful places and ended up in the desert on a horse with no name. Luckily the ion bonding ceremony is short. The official head-back half-nod signifies the conversation may evolve to substance.

They said it was only a ten minute hike past our perch. Upon researching (more of an after hike event these days) I see jj3 hit all three summits. So maybe next time as this is definitely a return destination in my book.

Hayden Peak 8166
Onward to what the signs call "Hayden Trails". The forest, the moderate temps for late July and puffy clouds had me in typical high spirits. We hit up a western overlook first on the way up. The light was dancing between the clouds and of course... I forgot my camera.

Next up was Vista Point. Nice views but they are blocked considerably since you are in a saddle. We lunched under a shady pine on a slanted slope.

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On to the grand finale and the most notable peak in the range. It clearly stands out driving up SR93. We passed another water spigot and several port-a-johns. The campgrounds were picturesque yet surprisingly empty on a Saturday in summer. Not sure if it was closed or others shared my sentiments that $25 to camp is ridiculous.

Our gps track had an overlook to a saddle on the east side of the peak before heading up. I almost turned this down knowing the peak was near. On the way to the saddle we ventured a bit off track ending up at a high spot around 8094. This turned out to be the prize views of the day and perhaps all summer. All the elements of light, shadow and breeze synced in perfect harmony. The views were magnificent.

It gets steep heading up to Hualapai Peak on an old eroded jeep road. There is less canopy here than the rest of the hike save a small burned area in the early flats. A spaceship shaped disc-rock logged into the ENE side is a good reference point to judge your ascent.

At the end of the trail we climbed half way up to the peak. I could have continued but wasn't sure if I could get down. Bruce was just out of sight so I didn't want to press my luck either. Nevertheless outstanding views!

A wonderful stroll through the forest canopy. We ended right before thunderstorms rolled into the area.

Eat at Joe's BBQ
Bruce heard about this place on a show about highways. Who doesn't like BBQ, it has a great name and there aren't many other options so why not! This tiny dive had a live and loud country-folk-rock? band of 5 or 6. Pretty spankin' cool in the tight quarters and each had more character than Mark Twain could ever conjure up. The waitress added to the atmosphere. What more do you need?

Ha! That's where Bruce and I differed on opinion. Bruce says "I don't get how they can afford the band". I didn't say a word as I didn't want to ruin his prime experience. Later outside I clued him in. How could you not figure it out? We're in the middle of BFE in a shack. My hands stuck to the table since it hasn't been cleaned in a decade. A fly pestered me from the moment I stepped in. My twelve dollar brisket sandwich (it sounds awesome doesn't it!) was so dry I almost choked. The waitress said and I quote "you don't want to put anything on this" yet explained the two bbq sauce options on the table. I couldn't take it after a third of my sandwich was consumed I needed something to slide it down.

The 12oz canned soda wasn't going to do the trick and I didn't have $5 for an answer(don't ask) so I went against the advice of the establishment. First up was the house sauce(red bottle). This chemical bath wasn't going to work. After a few more bites I gave in and tried the yellow bottle which is said to be a mixture of two store brands. I don't know what to say, I just wanted to get it over and get out. Did I mention there's no air conditioning. Only to be topped off by an array of ceiling fans set to breeze illusion.

Fair is fair right. The meat was well prepared in a smoker, tender and a fair portion. Probably would have been dynamite with some au jus or ANYTHING to compliment and slide it down. I'd go back as Bruce's shredded and smothered sandwich tasted pretty darn good. If it wasn't for the band I wouldn't even consider...

Permit $$
Hualapai Mountain Park $10 - Day use, $20 camping.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Access is from the southern point of the Potato Patch Loop in Hualapai Mountain Park. Reach the park by traveling to Exit #51 south off I-40. Take Stockton Hill Road south which becomes Hualapai Mountain Road south of Old Route 66. It is 13 miles from I-40 to the park entrance. Pay your entrance fee and pick up a map. Drive another 0.7 miles to the trailhead. Keep right at each fork in the road. Hike either direction on the Potato Patch Loop before reaching the old road that serves as a trail to the summit.
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