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Eagle 3186 is the highest point in the northern half of the Eagletail range, eclipsed only by Eagletail Peak at the southern end of the range. Eagle 3186 is a non-technical peak, providing the best views over the range available without climbing gear. This hike provides a decent challenge for desert route finding, cross country travel, and is a nice way to be alone, but you don't have forest of cholla, or ATV people.
The hike is basically 2 segments. The first is the long road walk approach to the catchment. The second is the off trail approach to the base of the mass of peak 3186. The second segment is more difficult, but it is pretty straightforward to get to. Once at the base, avoid going up to the cliffs and instead go around to the SE face and scramble up to the summit block. For the summit, it should never be too difficult.
There is not a lot of wildlife out here from what I could tell, and the vegetation being so sparse may be a part of the that. Just a lot of rock, really. Desolate isolation in the middle of a heavily traveled via interstate highway desert, is how I saw it.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.