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Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2015
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Hiking1.91 Miles 976 AEG
Hiking1.91 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   1.88 mph
976 ft AEG      32 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Started the day heading to Wenden, AZ to hike Harcuvar Peak with my buddy Dan. We hit some small rain showers in route from Wickenburg and the skies were not looking promising when we arrived in downtown Wenden. A quick check of the on-line weather showed strong storms heading right for us! We elected to not get stuck in 9+ miles of Arizona's finest mud and headed back to Wickenburg for a plan B hike up Vulture Peak (which neither of us had yet climbed!). The 40 mile drive back to Wickenburg was highlighted by a DOUBLE RAINBOW and short but intense showers.

When we got to the trailhead, we opted to go the extra mile, and take the Jeep to the 4x4 trailhead. The trail to the 4x4 trailhead is DEFINITELY 4x4! Standard climb up to the saddle, but the scramble to the top is quite extreme with a bit of exposure here and there to keep you honest. And, to be honest, these kind of scrambles to not make my favorites list. Going up isn't all that bad, but getting back down, I was terrified! Add to that, the rain was catching up to us and could be plainly viewed making its way across the valley to the west. Thought of climbing back down was bad enough, but doing it during a rain storm, TERRIRFYING! We made it safely back to the saddle and the rains began not long after that. I couldn't believe that in just 10 minutes the lugs on my boots were already filling up with mud and gravel. Holy smokes! We still had to drive back the 4x4 road. The rain slowed to a drizzle and the drive back to the trailhead was pretty uneventful, thank goodness! I'll have to go back on a sunny day so that I can hang out and enjoy myself, and, see some views!
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