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Telegraph Pass - Yuma, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Southwest > Yuma NE
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 535 feet
Elevation Gain 1,092 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.5
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7  2011-12-30 azbackpackr
15  2011-02-09 Stoic
7  2009-03-08 Tealpwraz
Author Tealpwraz
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Photos 14
Trips 13 map ( 54 miles )
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:20am - 6:45pm
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It's steep!
by Tealpwraz

There are a few paths that lead up to the mountain. Once there you will go around a gate and start walking up a concrete path. It is a steep walk so be prepared with comfortable shoes, sunscreen and pleanty of water. Once up at the top you will enjoy views of Yuma and Wellton. Take your time to enjoy a small break, sign the guest book and eat a snack before you head back down. On the walk down, take your time. Remember you will be walking on concrete which can be hard on the joints.


For the more adventurous hiker, you might enjoy a trail that goes up the side of the mountain. It's harder to find from the bottom, but once up at the top, you can find it on the left side of the road as you start your decent. As always, watch where you put your hands and where you step. As it gets warmer, the wildlife will be more active. Also beware of the loose rock under your feet. It's very slippery and some rocks that look like they are sturdy are actually lite and very movable. Again, be careful.

During the spring you can enjoy many of the wildflowers in blume as well as the blumes of the ocotillos and prickly pear cactus.

I recommend that you head to Telegraph Pass early in the morning come spring. It starts to heat up early in Yuma.

To get to the trailhead, take I8 to Foothill Blvd go north and turn right onto the North Frontage Road. Follow road until it dead ends. If you have a vehicle that can handle rough, rocky roads you can turn right onto a path that will get you closer to the trail heads.

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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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2009-03-17 Tealpwraz
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Telegraph Pass - Yuma
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    This hike felt much better. I was still a little sore from last week's climb, but for the most part I just took my time and kept moving. I made it to the top by taking one step for every 2 deep breaths. I'm still wearing a Heart Rate Monitor that beeps warnings at me all the way up, but I am determined to beat it and make it to the top without a stop...or a rest step. ;)
    Telegraph Pass - Yuma
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    For some reason this was probably the hardest trip I've gone on so far. Many things could have contributed to it. I had the sniffles, so it was hard to keep my breathing even. It was much hotter as well.

    We opted to go down the mountain on another trail that had a lot of loose rock, however it was much easier on my knees. Didn't do much for my nerves though, Ha! I will go down on this trail again. I found it satisfying to face my fear of falling.
    Telegraph Pass - Yuma
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    This hike up Telegraph was much more pleasant than the last. I was able to keep my heartrate down and only had to stop a couple of times. I also wore hiking boots which made the rocky trails less slippery. Also, it's two days later and I'm not that sore. I can't wait to do it again!

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    To hike
    Take I8 to Foothill Blvd go north and turn right onto the North Frontage Road. Follow road until it dead ends. If you have a vehicle that can handle rough, rocky roads you can turn left onto a path that will get you closer to the trail heads.
    page created by Tealpwraz on Mar 17 2009 10:47 am
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