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Eagle 3186 - Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,450 feet
Elevation Gain 1,736 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 30
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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28  2020-12-27
Eagletail Exploration
44  2019-01-09
Eagle 3186 & 2 Benchmarks-Eagletail Mtns Wilde
22  2018-10-19 Jim_H
41  2016-02-13
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Author Jim_H
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 56
Photos 8,510
Trips 1,855 map ( 11,120 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:45am - 7:35pm
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by Jim_H

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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 an excellent way to be alone, but you don't have a forest of cholla or ATV people.

The hike is two segments, with the first being 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 reason. Just a lot of rock, desolate isolation in the middle of a heavily traveled via interstate highway desert is how I saw it.

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2018-10-20 Jim_H
    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 hike
    Take I-10 West from Phoenix to Exit 53, Hovatter RD. Go south and over
    the canal. Take the left onto the dirt road, which may be signed as the
    AT& T frontage Rd. Continue on the Frontage Rd for a total of 7.14
    miles to the El Paso Gas Line Access RD. At 1.1 miles, bear left at
    a narrow fork in the road. At 4.4 miles, curve due south, and at 4.5 miles, cross over the connector road
    and continue south towards a microwave tower structure and the gas line access road.

    At 5.86 miles, you will pass 51st ST N, in La Paz County, which is
    graded, and then right after, a rough 2 track crossing. Continue
    south. Shortly after, you will continue south at a fork, with a left
    going up to the micro-tower. This is in slightly hilly terrain.

    Left on to the El Paso Gas line for 5 miles, or 4.99 miles per the
    GPS. Then turn south or right on to a 2 track, which is also 1.4 miles
    west of the compressor or other gas station on the El Paso Gas line. This was signed as YE029.

    As of an attempt on October 31, 2020, the old BLM 2-track has turned into a wash and is no longer passable. YE029 is severely eroded as it leaves the gas line road, and is worse further on just before the wire cattle gate. If planning to hike this, park just off the gas line road and begin walking. This should add roughly 6 additional miles to your hike, mostly of easy road walking.

    If the road is repaired:
    Proceed SW on the 2 track for 0.7 miles to another intersection and then
    head SSE on another rougher 2 track towards the Eagle Tail wilderness boundary and the parking area.

    It is just over 3 miles total from the cattle gate to the wilderness boundary.
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