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Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,406 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.75 mph
3,406 ft AEG
 
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Decided to take a ride out here after seeing this one posted. I'm doing the 100 Classic Hikes in AZ book, but this hike was added in a later edition than the one I have. January seemed like the better time to attempt this one, and it definitely was. The first 4 miles were entirely in the shade, the last 1.2 had intermittent shade. That was also the steepest portion of the hike. Once you hit the saddle and can see the road on the east side of the mountain, there's about another 1000' vertically to go.

The hike up wasn't as bad as I had expected, but still a workout. It was a pretty steady climb, not too much loose rock, steeper as you approach the summit. The way back had a section that seemed a bit of slog. Once it leveled out a bit, there were still big steps that I didn't remember on the way up. The last mile and a half was finally easy again.

As usually is the case when I decide to carry my handy dandy folding stool, there was a picnic table waiting for us when we got to the top. We checked out the cabin and observatory area quickly, ate lunch, and headed back down. No ATVers were at the top, which was somewhat of a surprise. On our way back down, we saw 2 rhinos on their way up.

The only other hikers we saw were just below the saddle. They were packing light, and didn't seem to have much water. Once we got back to the trailhead, there wasn't another car there. We saw their regular sedan parked nearly all the way back to Rt. 60, just before the dirt road got to a gnarly section. this added a full 8 miles to their round trip hike. We imagined that it must have been quite the slog on that last 4 miles on the dirt road for them.
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