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Harquahala Summit - 29 members in 68 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 08 2004
MtnGeek
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 Guides 9
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42 male
 Joined May 01 2002
 Denver, CO
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2004
MtnGeek
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,353 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   1.72 mph
3,353 ft AEG
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My first hike of the year. Haven't done anything for over 2 months and I really felt it. My stupid knee quit working properly near the top. When I got to the bottom I was in very bad pain.

The day was warm at the bottom, but cold and windy on top. The veiws were really good, not smog setting in the valleys. We could see clear out to the four peaks and out to California. The views were very expansive. I really enjoyed this one.
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Jan 27 2004
aaronhales
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 Guides 6
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 Triplogs 7

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 Joined Apr 06 2002
 Chandler, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2004
aaronhales
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,353 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
3,353 ft AEG
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Arrived at the trailhead at 8:15. Took 2 1/2 hrs to get to the top. 45 minute stay up there and 2 1/4 hrs to get back down. Great views!
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Apr 12 2003
madhiker
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51 male
 Joined Jul 15 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2003
madhiker
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,353 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.78 mph
3,353 ft AEG
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We found the right palm tree between MM 70 and 71, and the dirt road is right across the street. There were no other hikers, and the weather was awesome. Our group of 5 thoroughly enjoyed the solitude and unspoiled desert. It seemed to me just about everything was in bloom. We saw lots of ocotillo, purple, yellow and red cactus flowers, orange buttercups, golden poppies, purple lupin, marigolds, and many others we couldn't recognize.

The trail is mild for the first couple of miles, then it climbs (but in a manageable steady incline) up some switchbacks and straights to an eventual saddle point. From there, the view to the south opens up and you can see the road coming up the mountain. You can see the observatory from the saddle and it's not that much further to the top.

Once at the top (and also along the way), you'll see lots of plaques with historical notes worth reading. (They are also nice excuses to take a breather or two.) There's a parking area for the drivers and a radio / microwave tower at the summit. Nice picnic table on the former croquet court where you can rest and enjoy a lunch while admiring the view.

Definitely a nice hike for the cooler months. One note: we took I-10 west from Phoenix to the Salome exit and then doubled back via Wenden for about 10 miles. This seemed faster than going through Wickenburg since it's mostly 75 mph freeway. Still a good 1h45m drive though.
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Apr 05 2003
cjmartin
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 Joined Apr 02 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2003
cjmartin
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,353 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.08 mph
3,353 ft AEG
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We didn't check our HikeAZ.com directions until past Wickenburg. Another book marked the dirt road leading to the trailhead as just past the palm tree at mile marker 69. Well, there are a handful of dirt roads and more than one palm tree and as we found out on our way home, the correct dirt road to the trailhead is just past mile marker 71. Near the first palm tree you see coming from Wickenburg.

So our group didn't actually hike the official summit road. Instead we wandered up what appeared to be an old mining road a couple gulleys west of the summit trail. We stumbled around to about 4500 feet, enjoyed a light lunch and wonderful views. The wind is pretty stiff so bring appropriate clothing.
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Apr 04 2003
whereveriroam
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 Guides 8
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49 male
 Joined Mar 07 2003
 Apache Junction,
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2003
whereveriroam
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,353 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
3,353 ft AEG
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To reach the trailhead head west from Wickenburg on AZ 60. 4/10th's of a mile west of mile marker 71 turn left (south) and pass thru the cowboy fence. (Hint; there's a lone palm tree on north side of AZ 60 before you have to turn off) Once you pass thru the cowboy fence take all left forks about 2 1/4 miles to the trailhead. With care a passenger care can make it. At the trailhead there's a nice shithouse along with a parking lot for about 10 cars with a horse trailer turn around. The BLM does a good job in my opinion on informative trailhead signs and the one they placed here is no exception. This is probably my favorite desert mountain hike; it has distance,EXCELLENT trail,a 3400' elevation gain,interesting relics from the past,pristine desert and no people! The 2 times I've done this hike we've seen 2 people total and no one on top. The 1st 2-2.5 miles of the trail is pretty tame with maybe a 1000' gain in elevation. You'll pass the remains of the observatories base camp along this stretch. There's lots of old junk spread out such as food cans, fuel cans and scraps of metal decking. After awhile from leaving the basecamp site you'll pass tailings from an old mine followed by crossing the main drainage. The real climb then begins, up,up,up you'll go for about 2-2.5 miles before you hit the saddle. Along the way up to the saddle you'll pass the remains of a pretty neat old mining camp dating to 1900 or so, once there it's about 1000' to the actual summit. The hike to the saddle from here is what I think is the hardest part of this hike, it doesn't take long about 15 minutes but I started to feel the effort. From the saddle you can see the old observatory and can taste the summit but you still got a bit of climbing to do. Once on top you can see pretty dam far, 100 miles in every direction but try to do hike this one on a clear day! Harquahala is the highest peak in SW Arizona for those of you who didn't know that. I won't explain what the observatory was for and what else is up there so you'll have to find out for yourselves. A couple of added thought I think I should mention and one is that this is one hot place during the warmer months and secondly there's got to be a perennial spring somewhere along this hike. I've read about it but haven't been able to locate it, there's an old pipeline that you'll come across several times that runs down the mountain but I've been to beat on the way down to track down it's source. Happy Trails...
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Jun 24 2001
sidhayes
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 Joined Feb 04 2002
 
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2001
sidhayes
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,353 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   4.37 mph
3,353 ft AEG
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Harquahala Mountain rises up over 5000 feet to the west of Aguila in western Arizona. There are two ways (at least) to ascend to the summit. On the southern slopes, a jeep road climbs about 10 miles to the old 'observatory' on top. On the north face, a old 'mule' trail, switchbacks some 3000 feet in 5 miles to the same place. The start of the trail is just off of Az. 60, about 10 miles west of Aguila. The trail has cairns and takes some skill to follow. This 'sky-island' can be seen from the Phoenix area even though it is some 100 miles distant. It has one of the few trails that ascends a mountain in western Arizona. Not a good trail for the summer!
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Nov 25 1994
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 1994
mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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Drove part way up and then hiked. Road was in bad shape from monsoon.
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Oct 23 1992
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 1992
mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
680 ft AEG
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Only went a couple miles before falling backwards crossing a small wash and landing on a cholla :pk: :sl:
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