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Smith Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6.01 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,333 feet
Elevation Gain 1,979 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,227 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.15
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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25  2020-12-13
Harcuvars: Spade - Smith - Bullard
42  2017-11-21
Harcuvar and Bullard
17  2017-11-18 Jim_H
11  2013-12-28 desert_boonie
9  2009-02-20 sbkelley
Author sbkelley
author avatar Guides 6
Routes 13
Photos 1,377
Trips 184 map ( 1,895 miles )
Age 36 Male Gender
Location Reno, NV
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:22am - 7:48pm
Official Route
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Old Road Route to the high point of the Harcuvars
by sbkelley

A hike to the top of a remote desert peak in the Harcuvar Mountains. Follow an old track to a dirt road to take in the views.

This one is a fairly straightforward hike to the highest point in Western Arizona's remote Harcuvar Mountains. Depending on where you parked, you should see an old dirt road track heading steeply up the southern face of the mountain directly in front of you. This road track is incredibly steep and sees little to no vehicle traffic, so your heart rate will get going in a hurry. Brush and loose rocks are frequent. You will gain elevation quickly in this stretch as this old track angles towards the main ridge of the Harcuvars east of Smith Peak. The angle doesn't relent until you get to this point, where you'll run into the well-graded dirt road leading to the towers atop the peak. From here, the peak is only a few hundred feet above you but still 1.5 miles away. Walk along the dirt road along the crest of the Harcuvars and take in the views in both directions - nothing will block your view. You may have to dodge an occasional service vehicle heading to and from the summit towers. The road does lose some elevation in stretches before finally heading up the summit proper. This makes for a great half-day hike and offers a glimpse of a part of the state that sees little traffic.

Water Sources
None. Bring plenty.

A few primitive campsites were around. We started at a fire pit at our parking spot and saw a few spots along the road. Check with the Lake Havasu Field Office for regulations, but the area sees little visitation.

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2009-02-23 sbkelley
    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.

    Permit $$
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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    Drive west on US 60 from Wickenburg or east on US 60 from Salome. Reach the small town of Aguila and travel north on the Eagle Eye Road. Follow this road as the pavement turns to dirt. Soon a sign will say "Leaving Maricopa County", and the road swings west. Follow this until you see a road paralleling utility lines heading towards the peak. Follow this road as far as you feel comfortable. High clearance and 4WD are highly recommended. See Smith Peak road log posted by davis2001r6 for the GPS route.
    page created by sbkelley on Feb 23 2009 10:24 pm
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