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Razorback - Goldfield Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,085 feet
Elevation Gain 727 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 20.5
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Razorback Hike
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 555
Photos 7,757
Trips 504 map ( 6,163 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:12am - 6:27pm
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On the Razor's Edge
by DixieFlyer

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Razorback (2,812') is a fin-shaped formation of tertiary rhyolite in the central Goldfields.

The preferred way to hike to Razorback begins and ends at the Willow Springs TH, which is at mile marker 204 on Highway 88 in Apache Junction. While there are no "official" trails to follow, there is a good network of trails that will take you most of the way to Razorback. Note that there is no signage on the trails, and there are several junctions along the way where trails fork. As a result, it is recommended that hikers bring along some combination of GPS tracks, topographic maps, and a compass.

A portion of the hike will be off-trail, although the vegetation is relatively sparse, and you generally have good visibility as to where you want to go. A good idea is to go to the Eastern Camouflage Tanks which are a short distance south of Razorback. From the tanks, head north for a short distance to Razorback.

The easiest way to get on top of Razorback is from the west side of the formation. This GPS track from hikerdw shows a good route to take up to the summit of Razorback. While Razorback looks intimidating to climb, this route is quite easy for experienced hikers. Check triplogs for routes that other hikes may have taken.

The 360-degree views atop Razorback are fantastic -- Four Peaks, Saguaro Lake, Weaver's Needle, The Flatiron, Golden Dome, Dome Mountain, and Panorama Peak are just a few of the landmarks that are readily seen. It is also a lot of fun to transverse Razorback's spine, which runs for a couple of hundred feet.

The Razorback's spine is probably no more than about 5 feet wide, and it is more narrow than that in places. There are vertical dropoffs on both sides of the spine that descend a substantial distance in many places. Those that have a fear of heights may not want to walk around much atop Razorback.

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2020-02-02 DixieFlyer
    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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    To Willow (arbitrary/unofficial) Trailhead
    Apache trail Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 10 miles northeast to highway marker 204. Just before the marker turn left into parking area. A reference point is the Needle Vista viewpoint on the south of the highway. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pulloff area just before the 204 sign.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 42.5 mi - about 48 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 136 mi - 2 hours 14 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 186 mi - 3 hours 2 mins
    (Trailhead is generic)
    page created by DixieFlyer on Feb 02 2020 8:18 am
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