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Cherum Peak Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Northwest > Kingman N
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,915 feet
Elevation Gain 1,040 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,414 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 12.52
Interest Peak
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
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Routes 16,052
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Preferred   Sep, May, Jun, Aug
Seasons   Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:21am - 6:41pm
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History by @DennisWilliams
Named for Cherum, a Haulapai chief, and a full day battle that took place there in January of 1868 during the Hualapai War from 1866 to 1870. Estimated that 1/3 of the Hualapai people died during the conflict through violence or whooping cough.

The route climbs steadily to gain about 700 feet of elevation over the first two miles, passing through patches of pinyon pine woodland and Arizona chaparral bush. At about the two-mile mark, you will be high on the crest of the Cerbat Mountains, with spectacular panoramic views of the Black Mountains to the west, and the Music Mountains to the east. Hikers continuing on from this point will find that the trail ties into a litttle-used jeep road about one-quarter mile later. Following the jeep road for a short distance, you will be just below Cherum Peak summit. The trail once again becomes a single track at this point, leading to the summit. Horses and mountain bikes are not recommended on the last 1/4 mile of the trail leading to the peak.

Arizona 7.5 minute - Chloride

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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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Cherum Peak Trail
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Since no one has written anything, I will write a few words about Big Wash Road, the campgounds, and the hike.

After leaving the highway, Big Wash Road follows the valley floor for a few miles before beginning a steady ascent. It then levels off at mile 9, where it crosses a saddle at Packsaddle Campground. This is a small campground amongst stunted trees, directly adjacent to the road, with 3 or 4 sites and a toilet. Big Wash Road then follows the contours of the land, more or less, for about 3 miles to the trailhead. Windy Point Campgound is about halfway between the prevoius campground and the trailhead. It is about a quarter of a mile off Big Wash Road, and has 8 or 9 sites and a toilet. Many of the sites are not only wonderfully placed amongst the rocks, but have spectacularly views for miles and miles to the north and west. There is no water at either campgound, but at $4 per night is a great bargain. I spent a wonderful night here to get an early start on the hike and highly recommend it. I was also able to drive everywhere I needed, without difficulty, in a low clearance, compact rental car.

The hike itself is pretty much as described. Cherum Peak is the highest point around and views are fabulous in all directions. Much of the trail is exposed and views are also good most of the time. The trail was easy to follow and the junctions with the jeep trail are well marked. My GPS showed a total climb of about 1000 feet, while I conservatively estimate the total distance to be 5.6 miles. In any case it took me, and most who signed the logbook, about 4 hours roundtrip. I did this at the end of September and it was a little hot, though not uncomfortably. For me it was areally great adventure, in a little used area, as I saw no one the whole time til I had almost returned to the paved road.

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High Clearance possible when dry

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12 miles northwest of Kingman

On Highway 93, 20 miles north of Kingman at milepost 51, BLM's Big Wash Road heads northeast. Follow this road about 13 miles, past Windy Point and Packsaddle recreation sites. The Cherum Peak trailhead will be located on your left, just before the road begins to descend steeply toward Chloride. Park alongside the road, not blocking traffic. High clearance vehicles are recommended on Big Wash Road, although four-wheel drive is not necessary. Higher elevations of this road may become impassible during periods of snow or prolonged rainfall.
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