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Little Horn Summit, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,737 feet
Elevation Gain 1,363 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack No
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Five Little Horns-Little Horn Mountains SE
18  2018-03-05 Jim_H
author avatar Guides 63
Routes 67
Photos 8,837
Trips 1,988 map ( 12,034 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → 10 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:56am - 7:23pm
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Big Horns on Little Horn
by Jim_H

Little Horn Summit in the Little Horn Mountains is an isolated range in part of the state where few venture and fewer seem to bother to make the summit. It isn't a rugged area or a big obvious mountain like Castle Dome, Woolsey, or Big Horn, but it has some pretty good views, and being much further from Phoenix, it is a lot quieter out here.

The hike is all off-trail but very easy to find. It is pretty much a cross country trek up a wash, gaining a basalt slope, and then an easy walk across a rocky ridge to the summit. This is a pretty nice mountain, as it isn't covered in cholla, and the rock is neither steep nor unstable. I chose a route that minimized elevation loss, but your route will vary and could include more AEG. Return how you came, or descend a different slope to explore on your way back.

I used the wash on the east side of the road and opposite a large hill on the west side of the road, which is south of the small pass. At present, a trailhead of sorts exists where an old trailer frame is rotting. My GPS route comes from my car, and I parked at a campsite, in case you want to use that and walk some road. Either way, you will start in the area where the road parallels the wash, leave from that area, and head up the dry wash to the ridge. Cross the terrain, and aim for the summit.

I saw a bighorn ram when I was almost near the summit, and I can see desert wildlife being common out here. The views are nice, too. The summit is nothing special, just a high point on the ridge in the volcanic rock region of western Arizona south of I 10.

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2018-03-05 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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Exit # 53 from I 10 and drive south on Hovatter Road. Cross the CAP canal, the road curves west, and take the left on to Hovatter Rd, which is dirt. Follow this through some curves and on as it heads SW towards Coyote Peak. After several miles crossing a plain, you will arrive at a T intersection, and the road coming in from the north should be Vicksburg Rd. Go left and south, continuing across the plain, and the terrain begins to gain some elevation. After leaving La Paz County, you'll go over a small pass between two hills. From here, find a spot to park, either a campsite or near the trailhead: a pullout near the wash with a trailer frame beside the road.
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