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Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking12.86 Miles 4,077 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   2.16 mph
4,077 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
Ryan is on some kind of a fall-color quest and found some terrible website that claimed that the Potato Patch Loop is prime-time in late September. I scoffed at the idea, but after looking back at my past visits here on HAZ, did in fact see some color on this very date six years ago. So who knows!

I wasn't expecting any color, but I haven't been out here in a couple years, and haven't done the whole enchilada since that 2016 visit, so I was happy to make the trip.

I knew there had been a fire on the mountain last spring, but didn't recall it really affecting the park much so I was a little bit surprised to see how much of the Potato Patch loop was affected. Nonetheless, the burn area along the lower parts of the loop will rehab in just a few years as it was not terrible there. The entire upper mountain remained untouched, but the most severe burn occurred south of the park along the east slope below the range high-point. There's a stretch along the old two-track hike to the summit that was charred to a crisp. This area will probably never recover to the shaded pine forest that existed here previously.

Started with Aspen Peak ... the route from the official end of the trail to the summit is pretty overgrown and tough to find in places. From there we headed over to the overlooks, and then decided to skip the short walk up the steep road to the Hayden tower farms.

Camp Levi Levi lost its lease in 2019 so there's no activity and the facilities are in disrepair. It would be nice if it was either used, or the remnants removed as they are becoming a bit of an eyesore. There was no water in the camp system as there has been previously, and I wonder if this is a permanent change.

Speaking of water, there were a couple of stagnant pools under the bridge to Aspen, and a large tank at the bottom of the Hayden Peak Road. Between the tank and camp there was a small creek with flowing water suitable for filtering... I've found water here each of my visits. But that was it for water on the mountain today.

We took turns at the summit since murderdog can't make the scramble. Great views, exceeding 130 miles with the SF Peaks and Charleston both in view today. While I was waiting for Ryan to get back down, I chatted with the one other hiker on the mountain today who we had seen a couple of times earlier. After a couple minutes, I realized it was a guy from Vegas who does a bunch of hikes that fit my interest profile and we recognized each others names from the internets and socials. Stav was not lost today! :sweat: I'm always impressed on this overpopulated rock when I'm in some obscure place and run into somebody random -- and of course I know them. Lol!

A couple yellow leaves in the aspens. I wouldn't put this hike on any fall-color lists for late September though! :lol: Still an enjoyable day in the pines.
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