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Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2014
johnlp
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,686 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.55 mph
3,686 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Kelly and I threw out a few possibilities for a Memorial Day hike and settled on this one. Since it was going to get warm, we met at 0430 to begin the drive out west and try to get an early start hiking. It's a full two hour drive to the trailhead from the east valley. I had done this hike about three years ago in July. :o

I remembered I liked the hike but had forgotten half of the details. We started out seeing a very excited diamondback who wouldn't stop rattling. There are a couple mining camps and a bunch of mines enroute to the summit. The trail is very well built and easy to follow. Nice steady grade.

All the informative signs on the summit are gone. Many were faded so bad you couldn't read them three years ago. The observatory building no longer has a lock on the door although it is still surrounded by fencing. We were able to sneak a peek inside. A lot of work has been done to preserve it.

On the descent we went off trail to check out some mines. Interesting but none of the shafts are open. We gave up on getting to a large mine after the gnats and terrain and temperature made us reconsider. Mostly those pesky gnats! It was nice to get back to the truck and hide from them.

Interesting challenging hike. As always, great to hike with the gecko. :)
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