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Like HAZ, this Peacock Rocks!
Peacock Peak (elevation of 6,292' and prominence of 2,092') is the highpoint of the Peacock Mountains. Peacock Peak is located east of the Kingman, AZ airport and is about 15 miles outside of town.
Here is how Peacock Peak got its name:
March 31, 1857, was an extremely hot day, and the mules being used by Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives, which had not had sufficient water for four days, were in great distress. G. H. Peacock, in charge of the mule train, "was riding in advance, discovered a large spring of clear, sweet water in a ravine... were no signs of the place having been used as a camp and even Ireteba did not appear to have known previously of its existence." The spring is named for its discoverer, as are other nearby locations.
- Arizona's Names (X Marks the Place), by Byrd Howell Granger
This hike is totally off-trail, and it is rather brushy (a mix of cactus, cholla, yucca, agave, chaparral, pinyon pine, and juniper) and rocky. There are frequent openings in the brush, so the bushwhacking isn't all THAT onerous. The hike is a mix of class 1 and class 2 hiking.
The hike goes on the west ridge of Peacock Peak. You'll initially go southwest for about 1/2 mile, and then you'll be going west. You'll initially go up a fairly steep bump from the trailhead and then drop down a bit to a saddle that is about 750 feet from the TH. On the way back, I traversed around the side of the bump, which was a better way to go. Once at this saddle, the hike is mostly uphill the rest of the way. You might occasionally see a use trail, but you'll mostly be following a ridgeline. There are some rock outcroppings to circumvent, but there is nothing worse than class 2 rock scrambling. You can do a bit of rock climbing near the summit if you wish, but again, you can avoid the climbs if you pick an easier route. The summit views are nice, so it is worth it to hang out there for a while. Return to the trailhead the same way that you came.
This is a fun scramble that is mostly of interest to those with the peakbagging addiction. Given the close proximity of the trailhead to Kingman, if you are in the area and have the time, it can be a fun hike if you are comfortable with off-trail hiking and dealing with a bit of brushy vegetation.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This is a moderately difficult hike.