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Peacock Peak - Peacock Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,817 feet
Elevation Gain 1,475 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,685 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.43
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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21  2021-03-21 DixieFlyer
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 58
Routes 505
Photos 7,086
Trips 461 map ( 5,731 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:20am - 7:53pm
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Like HAZ, this Peacock Rocks!
by DixieFlyer

Prologue
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.

History
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

Hike
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.

Synopsis
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.

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Note
This is a moderately difficult 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.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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    To hike
    The trailhead is about 12.5 miles off of Route 66/Andy Devine Parkway in Kingman. Most of the drive is on extremely well-graded, wide dirt roads that any vehicle can navigate. However, on the last mile to the trailhead, the road gets rocky and steep. A 4WD vehicle is recommended, although it is possible that a high clearance SUV could get to the trailhead.

    Google maps do not provide the best directions to get to the trailhead. Instead, follow these directions:

    1) From Highway 66/Andy Devine Parkway, turn east on East Mohave Airport Dr.
    2) Go 1/2 mile and turn left on Shipping Lane. Shipping Lane becomes Bruce Dr. and then Topeka St.
    3) After about 2.8 miles turn right on Pate Rd
    4) After about 2.4 miles turn left on Donald Dr.
    5) After about 2.0 miles turn right on Jan Road. Jan Road will gain elevation as it goes up to the base of the mountain.
    6) After about 5.2 miles you will come to a T-junction at Hensz Rd. A sedan should park at this junction and walk about a mile to the trailhead. Other vehicles should turn right and continue on Hensz Road as far as your vehicle will take you. Hensz Rd. ends at the trailhead after driving about 1 mile. A 4WD vehicle can easily make it to the trailhead. A high clearance SUV might be able to get to the trailhead; if not, drive as far as you are comfortable and walk the rest of the way.

    Here are the GPS coordinates for the trailhead: 35.30834, -113.79041

    Here is a GPS track for the drive to the TH from Route 66.

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