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Lava Flow Trail (Vekol), AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 7.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,012 feet
Elevation Gain 2,010 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,010 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.95
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:42am - 7:28pm
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Lava Flow Trail, in the 34,400-acre Table Top Wilderness, offers a hiking opportunity of light to moderate difficulty in a varied and dramatic Sonoran Desert landscape. Three trailheads are linked by a relatively level 7 1/4-mile trail. From south to north, the trail meanders through dense forests of saguaro, paloverde, ironwood, and cholla; skirts the jumbled basaltic slopes of Black Mountain; traverses an extensive creosote-bush flat, and crosses several large washes. Lava Flow Trail provides sweeping views of Vekol Valley and the Sand Tank Mountains to the West. Flat-topped Table Top Mountain - the highest point in the Table Top Wilderness - looms to the east.

FACILITIES: No facilities are provided at the three Lava Flow Trail trailheads.

MAPS: Lava Flow Trail is depicted on the USGS 7.5-minute topographic maps entitled "Little Table Top, Ariz.," and "Antelope Peak, Ariz." The remainder of the Table Top Wilderness is depicted on USGS 7.5-minute topographic maps "Indian Butte, Ariz." and "Vekol Mts., NE, Ariz."


  • Lava Flow Trail receives very little use. Always tell a friend or relative where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Drinking water is not provided at Table Top Trail, so bring plenty.
  • Vekol Valley is prone to heavy rains and flash floods. Do not attempt to cross flooded washes.
  • You may encounter rattlesnakes or other poisonous creatures; watch for them and be careful where you put your hands and feet. Do not harass reptiles - most bites result from people playing with, collecting, or attempting to kill them.
  • Fires are not allowed in the Table Top Wilderness.
  • Pets must be leashed.


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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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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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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Lava Flow Trail is accessed at three points. Exit Interstate 8 at the Vekol Valley Interchange (Exit 144) approximately 26 miles east of Gila Bend and 34 miles west of Casa Grande. To access Lava Flow West and South trailheads, travel south on Vekol Valley Road 2.1 miles to the Vekol Ranch turnoff and continue south on the dirt-surfaced road to the right, using the schematic map below. From Interstate 8, it is 9.8 miles to Lava Flow West Trailhead and 14.5 miles to Lava Flow South Trailhead. To access Lava Flow North Trailhead, travel south on Vekol Valley Road 0.7 miles from Interstate 8 and turn east onto the primitive four-wheel-drive road. It is 9.1 miles from I-8 to Lava Flow North Trailhead. A high-clearance vehicle is required for access to Lava Flow South Trailhead, and four-wheel-drive is required for access to Lava Flow North and West trailheads.
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