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Wabayuma Peak TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2016
chumley
Hiking6.66 Miles 2,319 AEG
Hiking6.66 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.24 mph
2,319 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Arizona Wilderness names some of their beers after wilderness areas in Arizona. The first time I had Wabayuma Wit I had to go home and search the name. I had never heard of it, and had been intrigued ever since.

So I set out to make this happen. There's little to no information available online. BLM said to come in from Yucca. It's a longer trip, but you can also drive in from the north. So we made an overnight out of it and hit up some hikes in Hualapai Mountain Park the day before. (More on the drive later).

Once we got to the trailhead late Sunday morning, it was very windy. The register box at the trailhead was empty except for a spider. We headed up the old roadbed and then the old trail that switchbacks up the major climb. Near the saddle the trail disappears and cairns lead the way through fairly forgiving landscape.

I had to check my GPS to verify that we had not yet even SEEN the peak! Finally, around the false peak, Waba came into view. It was clear that Lily wasn't going to make this one, and a bunch of annoying deadfall on the traverse sent Kyle back to the saddle with his grateful pup.

There were a few cairns that didn't help at all, and I had to fight some manzy near the bottom before some fun scrambling up a few layers. The final climb to the summit was about 15 feet and since I was by myself I took a bloody route through a thicket of holly trees. The trees are in a bit of a gully and help make the ascent much less exposed. A more confident climber could skip the razor trees and climb along the left side.

Up top, a small summit block with a cairn and register were easily visible. This peak doesn't get much visitation. But the last climb to the peak more than makes up for the somewhat benign old road that makes up the lower 2 miles of trail. It's a fun one!

Thankful to get 100% completion on my Waba Wilderness Mapped Area! :)
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