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8 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking4.21 Miles 1,388 AEG
Hiking4.21 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   1.34 mph
1,388 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Vulture Peak is one of my favorite short hikes, and luckily Denny & Greg were able to join me on this one today. Started from the lower lot around 0800 and headed up. First mile is pretty easy, although can be a surprising jumble of trails and roads at times. Heard the unpleasant cries of some animal enduring a slow death off to the north of us for a few minutes. We couldn’t figure out exactly what it was though.

From the upper lot, the trail got progressively steeper. The breeze and shade actually had my hands chilly for a little while. The rock formations as you get higher help distract from the steepness. Back in the sun at the saddle, and it was a little warmer for the scramble up the chute.

Had a nice break at the top before heading back down, taking a slightly different route down the top part of the chute. On the way down, I questioned my fitness as a parent, having taken my kids on this hike almost two years ago. They’re still alive, so obviously it was a success, but probably a dumb idea at the time.

Reasonably easy hike back down once below the saddle, although there’s a lot of loose rock in places. Saw a handful of hikers on our way down, including three women about a half mile from the trailhead who thought they had already gotten to the saddle??? After pointing out the actual saddle on the mountain high above their heads, we left them standing on the trail to contemplate whether or not they were going to ever make it to the summit.

Our first choice for lunch in Wickenburg was closed early due to shortened operating hours, so we opted for something else nearby. Thank you again to Greg for buying lunch. It was great to finally meet Greg and put a face to a name. And always good to see Denny again.
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