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Muggins Peak Loop, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 450 feet
Elevation Gain 475 feet
Accumulated Gain 840 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.2
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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9  2022-02-26 GrangerGuy
33  2011-09-24 amblinman
author avatar Guides 18
Routes 71
Photos 466
Trips 50 map ( 575 miles )
Age 65 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:32am - 6:21pm
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An easy loop for old guys
by GrangerGuy

This is an easy loop around Muggins Mountain on a fairly easy-to-follow route. The views of the mountains are impressive. There is no shade. On a cool winter Saturday, there were 6 cars at the various parking areas.

There are two sensible parking places for this hike, both with plenty of space. One is by a wilderness information kiosk at the end of the road suitable for cars. The second is another half mile or so on a high clearance road, where there is a large campsite. Here the road descends into the wash, and this is the practical limit for driving. Although the non-wilderness corridor continues farther, the wash becomes too narrow for anything but motorcycles or quads, or perhaps a highly modified 4x4. The hike is described from the point the road descends into the wash.

This route is a lasso loop. Where the trail splits at about 0.4 mi, there is an information kiosk with a map, which has some descriptive waypoints shown to help hikers find their way. There are a lot of confusing and extra paths on this route, so photographing the map, or better yet, bringing along a GPS loaded with the route, is a very good idea. The map describes the loop in a clockwise direction, which may be easier for navigation, but the coordinates of one of their waypoints (E) are quite far off, so be careful. The BLM Map Waypoints have been added and corrected in the official HAZ route.

In this guide, the loop is described in the counterclockwise direction. From the trail information kiosk, one can walk in the wash due east. Alternatively, there is a path directly behind the kiosk which parallels the wash for about a mile. The path is a little easier walking. All the distances below are from the trail kiosk with the map.

About 1.45 miles, the trail bears left up out of the wash and climbs up to the first pass at 2 miles. Views from the pass are pretty good, as you can see several ranges of hills from there. Down the north side of the pass, the trail follows a couple of washes, which seem to have a little more moisture and a little more vegetation.

At 3 miles, the trail summits a second pass. From here, you can see 3 tiny windows in the ridge at the top of Muggins Mountain. This pass is in the heart of the mountains, and you can see Muggins, Long Mountain, and Klothos Temple. Coming down from the pass, it is a little steep on loose rock, but nothing terribly difficult.

The trail descends to a wash, which becomes the trail almost the whole way back to the kiosk. Along the way, there is a cool slot canyon that begs for lots of pictures. Walking in the wash is easy, although there are a few big steps that are easily managed. You return to the kiosk at 4.65 mi.

Flora and fauna
There is very little vegetation in this wilderness, especially on the south side of Muggins Peak. It is quite desolate. There is ironwood, palo verde, an occasional saguaro, ocotillo, and chain-fruit cholla. Brittlebush and creosote bush are scattered throughout. Desert lavender is found in the wash west of Muggins Peak. According to the information kiosk, there are Desert Bighorn Sheep, but you may not see any evidence of them on this loop.

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2022-02-27 GrangerGuy
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To Muggins Wash Trailhead
    To access Muggins Wash, take exit 21 (Dome Valley) from I-8. Pass through Ligurta on Old Highway 80 and turn north onto County Ave. 20E. Turn east onto County 7th Street and drive beyond the Dome Valley Transfer Station to the beginning of the Muggins Wash non-wilderness corridor(GPS coordinates 32.72162, -114.27905). The paved road ends at the beginning of the corridor, and there is a barricade at the end of the pavement. The dirt road for the corridor is just to the right of the end of the pavement. Take the corridor dirt road for about 1.2 miles until you get to a trailhead parking area just before descending into the Muggins Wash. The parking area is marked by some ropes. Along the way to the trailhead parking area, you will pass by an information kiosk. If you have a very low clearance vehicle it is recommended that you leave your vehicle near the information kiosk and walk the rest of the way to the trailhead. A 4WD vehicle is not needed to drive past the kiosk, and even a small SUV should be fine.

    GPS Route for the dirt road portion of the drive to the trailhead.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 2 hr 35 min (175 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 2 hr 57 min (220 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 4 hr 15 min (302 miles)
    page created by mazatzal on Feb 27 2022 12:12 pm

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