Peak 1732 - Swansea Wilderness, AZ | HikeArizona
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Peak 1732 - Swansea Wilderness, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 717 feet
Elevation Gain 1,015 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,112 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.71
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Perennial Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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7  2022-11-05 GrangerGuy
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 84
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Trips 62 map ( 671 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:35am - 6:03pm
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The burros know the way
by GrangerGuy

  Likely In-Season!
The Swansea Wilderness sits astride the Bill Williams River, between Alamo Lake and the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge. A 4x4 road leads down to the river in a corridor surrounded by wilderness, where you can access the river and a wash that gives you easy hiking into the heart of the wilderness.

From Swansea Ghost Town, drive or walk the 4x4 road down to the site of the old pumping station, which must have provided water for the mining operation. If you walk from the mine, it will add 4 miles to the one-way trip.

From the road end at the Bill Williams River, walk back up the road 300 yards and enter the dry wash to your right. At first, there are a lot of fist-size rocks to walk over, but as you get further up, the walking gets pretty easy as it turns to sand and pebbles. Pay attention to the rights and lefts at wash intersections, following the GPS track of the Official Route.

Hiking right, left, or center in the wash is mostly a matter of personal taste. The burros travel this wash a lot, and they usually know the preferred route for easy walking. Follow their shortcuts across meanders and their hard-packed trail along the banks. There is one point they will lead you astray, though. The wash narrows to a 30’ deep ditch. You want to be in the bottom of that ditch, and not up on the bank following the burro track. See the waypoint in the official track.

Eventually, look for a side canyon, and follow it up to a saddle, and then up to the summit of the small peak, where you can admire the many distant peaks to the north, east, and south, as well as marvel at the wilderness just before you. The most obvious peaks are nearby Clara Peak and Potts Mountain. Wabayuma and the Harcuvar Mountains can be seen in the distance.

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2022-11-11 GrangerGuy

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-10 west to exit 45 (New Hope) and head north on Vicksburg Road. At AZ-72 turn left and drive to Bouse. Turn right on Main Street, then left on Rayder Ave. which becomes Swansea Road. Drive 18 miles on Swansea Road to a 4-way stop and turn right, continuing on Swansea Road to the Swansea ghost town. From here, best have a GPS track planned and a 4x4 under you. You are headed for the old pumping station on the Bill Williams River. Head out the northeast corner of town, continuing on Swansea Road for about 0.8 miles, until it barely discernably turns off to the right. Continue straight on the more traveled road 1.4 miles where the road tees into a wash. Turn left down the wash 1.8 miles to the road end.
    page created by GrangerGuy on Nov 11 2022 11:07 am

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