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Harcuvar PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.28 Miles 1,979 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   1.22 mph
1,979 ft AEG   3 Hrs   22 Mns Break
 
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The name Harcuvar is a Mohave name implying 'there is little sweet water'.

Well, even after all our recent precipitation, the Harcuvar Mountains are very dry.
The drive route I used was on very primitive roads, and whatever rains fell out there must have been absorbed completely, as I drove through a totally dry desert. All the washes were totally dry also.

The Harcuvar Peak hike was alot of fun, with some nice payoffs. One payoff being a nice ridgeline up top, once you get the climb out of the way. Another rather 'novel' payoff was the location of the benchmark.
The surveyors placed the benchmark on what I would call a Tom's Thumb 'Wanna-Be' Bump.
The huge cairn the surveyors placed on the 'Wanna-Be' bump was another touch of 'visual novelty'.

From the mining road to the ridgeline, the ridge I chose to go up, (and an adjacent ridge I chose to go down), were straight forward.
They both covered about 1,900 feet of AEG in seven tenths of a mile, and varied from not too steep in places, to very steep in others. Vegetation and boulders are all over the place, but all are avoidable while going up & down.

There is scree, but I had no problem with it going up, but coming down was very slow in the various scree patches. Finding sturdy boulders to hold onto helped on the descent, through those scree patches.

If a hiker wants to make a lasso loop, and also negate the steep climb, they can go up the little canyon to its end, gain the main ridge there (at a much lower elevation), and follow it up (and around) to the high point. Dropping straight down one of the ridges I used would make the lasso. It would increase the distance, but avoid the 'up' steepness.

The summit log verified that Harcuvar Peak isn't a destination for many. It's remoteness, and the difficulties of choosing a correct drive track probably deter many hikers.
That's too bad, as the mountain is alot of fun.
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