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Mount Perkins - Black Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,849 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 900 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Peak
 Backpack No
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23  2021-03-20 DixieFlyer
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:40am - 6:03pm
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🔥 1994 Coyote Fire50.0 mi**

Miles and miles of Arizona
by DixieFlyer

Mount Perkins (elevation of 5,459' and prominence of 2,036') is the highpoint of the Black Mountains in northwest Arizona. Mount Perkins is off of Highway 93 between Kingman, AZ and Las Vegas, NV; the turn to the trailhead off of Highway 93 is a bit closer to Kingman than Las Vegas.

The parking area is at a saddle that overlooks the Colorado River. You'll see a radio facility a short distance to the west; the Mount Perkins summit is just past some communication towers you will see to the southeast.

This hike is basically a class 1 walk-up, but there is no official trail to follow. The hike begins by following an easy-to-hike jeep road for about 750 feet. From there, you'll be off-trail the rest of the way to the summit, but it is an easy off-trail. In fact, you'll generally be able to follow a use trail the entire way. For the most part, you can see the aforementioned communication towers the entire way, which minimizes any route-finding issues.

There is one rock outcropping that you will have to go around, but it is not a problem. Once you get to the communication towers you have been aiming for; the summit is about 400-500 feet ahead of you. It is easily recognizable by a large summit cairn.

At the summit, you will have some nice 360 degree views. Off to the west is the Colorado River; to the north, you can see Lake Mead and Mount Wilson; and you'll see Mount Tipton to the east. After enjoying the nice views, return the way that you came to your vehicle.

This is a fun and scenic hike, but it is a bit out-of-the-way to get to. For many people, it will be hard to justify the drive for a 2.5-mile hike. In that case, you might want to combine this hike with another hike in the area. Mount Wilson and Mount Tipton are two good choices for the other hike.

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2021-03-23 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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    High Clearance possible when dry

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    Note: Once you turn off Highway 93, you will be on unpaved roads for the remaining 9 miles to the trailhead. The first 8 miles or so of the drive can be made by most vehicles. However, the road gets steep and a bit rocky on the last mile of the drive. If the road has been recently bladed, an SUV with decent clearance and tires could likely get all the way to the TH; however, a 4WD vehicle will be a safer choice.

    To get to the trailhead, turn west off Highway 93 on Eldorado Powerline Rd, aka FR 7814. The GPS coordinates for the turn: 35.67066, -114.45985.

    Shortly after making the turn onto the Powerline Rd, you'll have to open a primitive wire gate so you can pass through. After closing the gate, drive about 2 miles to FR 7765 and turn left. To this point, you will have been driving next to a powerline on your left side. After making the left turn, you will go underneath the powerline.

    Drive about 7 more miles to the trailhead. The last mile to the trailhead is a bit rougher than the first 8 miles, and you will be climbing up a somewhat steep hill on the last stretch. Park at a saddle just below a radio facility off to your right as you get to the saddle. The trailhead coordinates are: 35.58102, -114.52040

    It will likely take you 30-40 minutes to drive to the trailhead from Highway 93.

    Google maps should provide accurate directions to the TH.

    Here is a GPS track of the drive from Highway 93.
    page created by DixieFlyer on Mar 23 2021 1:18 pm

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