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Cunningham Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.62 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,478 feet
Elevation Gain 1,823 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,840 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 12.82
Interest Peak
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Signal - Ten Ewe - Cunningham
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5  2013-02-16 Booneman
Author Booneman
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 33
Photos 736
Trips 3,568 map ( 28,233 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Chandler, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Feb, Mar, Jan → 6 AM
Sun  5:49am - 7:38pm
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Steep road with a great view
by Booneman

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The hike to the top of Cunningham Mountain is pretty straight forward, given that it's merely a utility road to the peak. Once you reach a small parking area, there is a white gate along the gravel road heading uphill, which is where you'll begin the ascent. Be prepared for some incredibly steep grades as it gains approximately one hundred feet every tenth of a mile. Some areas are paved, though most of the surfaces are gravel. If you thought going up was a challenge, wait until you start the descent!

Cunningham Mountain is the highest point in the Dome Rock Mountains. The road to the top and summit offers incredible views into the Colorado River Valley near the Arizona/California border to the West and KOFA National Wildlife Refuge to the East. This area receives heavy traffic from ATVs and 4WD vehicles. Even though the utility road is off-limits to vehicles, don't expect much in the way of an authentic wilderness experience out here.

However, if you're in the area and looking for a quick and rather challenging workout, this hike is perfect except in the summer. Daytime temperatures average 110 or above and can exceed 120 degrees. Be smart, be safe, and bring plenty of water.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2013-02-19 Booneman
    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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    To hike
    From I-10 in Quartzite, take 95 South for exactly 5 miles and turn right on La Paz Road (53rd St). Drive 4.5 miles past the camper village and continue West where the road turns to dirt, then head South at the first unmarked junction and travel into the canyon for another 3.5 miles to reach the parking area (on the left) under the power lines. The mountain (and utility road to the peak) will be visible most of the way in towards the trailhead.
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