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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 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,161 feet
Elevation Gain 1,549 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 23
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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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 57
Routes 53
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Trips 1,736 map ( 10,429 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Rancho Relaxo
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:54am - 7:23pm
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by Jim_H

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.

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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.

    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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