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Jul 05 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking8.27 Miles 2,549 AEG
Hiking8.27 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.42 mph
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A little bit warm on the climb despite the elevation. Good views to the SF Peaks, but hazy toward Vegas so Charleston was not in view, despite being the same distance as Humphreys. I was pretty spent from a solid week, so we decided to skip Aspen or other points and just headed back down. Good water flowing from all the options that Levi provided.
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 4,528 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   1.93 mph
4,528 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was looking to bag another AZ County high point, so I decided to head up to Kingman and hike up to Hualapai Peak.

We began by doing the Potato Patch Loop in a clockwise direction. I side-tracked at the start and went up the Camp Levi Levi Access Road for a bit; after discovering my error, we made it back on the Loop.

When we came to the road that goes up to Hualapai Peak, we took the road and went up to the peak. There was some Class 3 rock scrambling near the summit, and the views up there were really nice.

On the way back we stopped at the saddle near the park boundary, and went off-trail up to Peak 7720. The route up was pretty straightforward, but we poked around a bit at the top and our route down was not as good as the route up.

Once back on the Potato Patch Loop we headed over to the road up to Hayden Peak and ascended Hayden. The road was really, really steep in places. There are 2 sets of towers on Hayden, and we weren't sure which set was higher so went up both. Even after being up there I am not 100% certain which is higher.

Once we got back to the Potato Patch Loop, we headed up to Aspen Peak. This was a fun trail to hike on, and there were some really good views along the way. There was a bit of rock scrambling once near the summit.

This is a nice park with a good, well-maintained trail system. The trail up to Aspen Peak was my favorite. All of the peaks had some nice views at the top, and there were some good miradors along the way.

This hike is a keeper, and I hope to do it again someday. This was my first time to hike in the Kingman area; this fall I plan to go back and hike up to Mount Tipton.

We did not see anyone on the roads up to Hualapai and Hayden. There were a few hikers on the Aspen Peak trail, and we saw a few on our way back on the Potato Patch Loop from the Aspen Trail.

I used GPS tracks that @LindaAnn and @trekkin_gecko posted when they did this hike; their tracks mostly kept me going in the right direction.
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nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.96 mph
2,300 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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79 degrees was the forecast for Kingman today, so it seemed like a good day for what is likely my last ascent of Hualapai Peak until next spring and warmer temperatures. Afternoon hiking means the trail is almost entirely in the shade with no sun exposure, which makes me cold when it is in the 50s/low 60s. I started up the trail around 2:25PM and went left on the Potato Patch Loop. I feel left is more scenic than right, with the hiking adjacent to the rock of Aspen Peak and the views to the east, then south on the southern leg. However, I do end up going right/taking the road more often as it is simply more convenient when going to Hayden Peak/Hayden Peak Trails.

Back to the hike today, I jogged/moved quickly on the flats/downhills, making the southern junction of the loop in 34 minutes and the start of the offtrail to the peak in 1:07. I took a one minute break to have some electrolyte water, then was at the "summit" in 1:14. I say "summit" because I've never climbed the summit slab. It just seems awkward to me and not worth the risk. The offtrail portion is now devoid of any vegetation and is a pretty well defined pathway. The peak was glorious, sunny, no wind and no ladybugs. I returned the way I came and other than a few people prior to and after the hike, I didn't come across anyone else on the trail.
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Jul 22 2018
LindaAnn
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Hualapai Peak & Hayden Peak, AZ 
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LindaAnn
Hiking10.98 Miles 3,660 AEG
Hiking10.98 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   1.93 mph
3,660 ft AEG   1 Hour   51 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Nice hike in the Hualapais with Daniela. We hit Hualapai Peak first; the summit was covered with hordes of ladybugs, so we only stayed up there for a few minutes then went back down to the road to take a break. Most of the brush on the scramble up to Hualapai has been cleared a little, so it was pretty easy to get through. Then over to Hayden. By then, it was getting warm, so we opted to skip Aspen Peak and went over to the Tipton Overlook instead. Only saw a few people on the trails all day, but the campground/cabins were busy.
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Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking7.85 Miles 2,277 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   1.53 mph
2,277 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Finally made it (almost) to the summit. At least I made it to the boulder next to the summit boulder. From this non-summit boulder I was able to stand up and have my head higher than the benchmark on the actual summit boulder, and take a photo of said benchmark. So, there. Not as spry as I once was, what can I say?

I posted it as a group thing at the last minute, and had one taker. It was nice to have company for a change. He talked my ear off, which at least kept me from being bored with myself, which often happens on solo hikes.

The weather was nice, but the views were slightly hazy--we could not see the San Francisco Peaks.

Anyway, good hike, hope to get up in the area a few more times as long as this dry weather holds, seeing as I'm wintering fairly close by.
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Jun 15 2017
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.90 mph
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Beautiful sky island, excellent trails.
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May 10 2017
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 Mesa AZ
Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking7.80 Miles 2,217 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.02 mph
2,217 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
 
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This was the first activation of Hualapai Peak for Summits on the Air. It also happens to be my birthday. Got snowed on a little on the Summit. Made 20 contacts 20 and 40 CW. The trail to the summit was in good shape
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trekkin_gecko
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Hualapai Super Loop, AZ 
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Hiking12.30 Miles 4,296 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.06 mph
4,296 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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an excellent hike on the way to las vegas with linda
this area has been on my list for awhile
didn't realize we would be hitting all three peaks :)
also didn't realize we would be in pine trees the entire time
the entire park is beautiful
set out on potato patch loop, hitting hualapai peak first
a bit of a scramble to get to the summit
nice to get the mohave county high point
dropped back down to potato patch, going through the boy scout camp, then made the steep road walk to hayden peak
went up both sets of steps to be sure we had the high point
back down the road to the aspen peak trail
nice trail to the saddle, then off trail to the peak
great views of the other peaks from there
finished out potato patch loop
loved the park, and would enjoy camping or staying in one of the cabins sometime
very windy on sunday, making summit stays brief
great choice, linda, and a great start to the weekend!
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Apr 23 2017
LindaAnn
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Hiking12.74 Miles 4,222 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.20 mph
4,222 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The Hualapais were our choice for a hike on the drive to Vegas. We weren't sure exactly which trails we would do up here besides Hualapai Peak, and it sort of turned into a "Well, that one is just one more mile...", and before we knew it, all three peaks were done and we had done a real hike for the day.

We headed up the east side of the Potato Patch Loop, then turned off towards Hualapai Peak. The road/trail almost to the summit is in great shape. The final scramble to the top was brushy in several spots, but a fun scramble. The winds were howling at the top, so we were only up there for a minute or two.

After getting back to Potato Patch, we continued west, then headed up to Hayden Summit. The road is good, but steep, and I felt like I was really dragging through this part. Hayden was interesting, and we climbed both sets of stairs to both high points. Walking on some of the plank pathways in the winds at the top was somewhat unnerving, and we were only up there for a minute. My knee was hurting a lot on the steep walk back down the road, so I switched the brace to the knee, and we headed up to Aspen.

It was a fairly easy walk to the Dean Overlook, then we scrambled up to Aspen. The winds didn't seem quite as bad at that point, so we spent a few minutes there, then headed back down and completed Potato Patch loop.

It was a great area, and was a lot more forested than I was expecting, which was a nice surprise. My kids would like the cabins up there, so that may be an idea for summer break.
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 Mesa, AZ
Potato Patch Loop and AHH Peaks, AZ 
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Hiking12.50 Miles 4,188 AEG
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Potato Patch Loop is in the 100 hikes book so I thought I'd give it a go. Hualapai peak is a county high point so I figured I'd throw it in as well. Some of the previous Hazer's made it 3 peaks so what the heck.
The Ranger station has a self pay station, if it's not open. They even had a little map :) . I hiked the loop counter clockwise. the trail is in great shape. As the loop goes I hit Aspen Peak first. Nice views. Second peak up was Hayden. I wasn't paying enough attention and wound up at Tipton Overlook by mistake. Hayden is pretty much all road. If your on a trail your probably going the wrong way. Hayden is the 1 with all the towers. Hualapai Peak was the last peak and the toughest summit. The hike is up a road also. The road gets more wore down as you top out but never worse then a good trail. I tried to summit on the east then south before I remembered I had a track loaded for this summit ](*,) Blood donated on those 2 attempts . The north side is the ticket. From there you take the road back to your Potato Patch Loop junction and finish your loop. Going this way even gives some north side shade. The trail even had a couple benches for breaks and a couple emergency storm shelters. I enjoyed this one. The aeg is tricky. I felt it more the next day. :) :y:
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Oct 08 2016
Jim_H
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Hiking13.40 Miles 4,435 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   2.09 mph
4,435 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Irony: I had planned on a trip to Flagstaff to visit Philomena Springs on the Peaks, for about a month, but decided to drive to Kingman to hike this loop instead, as the forecast was for cold temperatures on the Peaks. I also had no real desire to revisit the Mazatzals so soon, which I had considered doing. Either way, the forecast for sun and mild gave way to increasing storm chances as the hike day approached. By the time I was out there, I had barely any sun, it was cold for me (but likely still warmer than it would have been on the Peaks even at 11,600') and I had hail, some passing rain, and cold wind on any summit or high ridge. I guess the gods didn't want me to have what Todd and Kyle had 2 weeks ago, out here, or myself and Linda had the same day in the Mazatzals. Oh, well.

Todd's loop from 9/24 and his photos of great views with excellent sky conditions had me excited to head to Kingman (yes, really) to explore this range I had never visited, despite expressing a desire to do so 8 years ago. The hike is solid, the park pretty nice, the range interesting, and the views on a nice day are probably very worth it. I followed Todd's loop route exactly as he hiked it so I could use his stats, but also as it was a pretty good loop, and nothing here is ever very long. Counter clock-wise on the Potato Patch Loop, Aspen Peak, Hayden via the road, than a cut over to the Tipton overlook using the Upper Dinosaur Trail, down the road and up the slope to Hualapai Peak, and back to the trailhead finishing on the east side of the Potato Patch Loop.

I was not really surprised it was over 13 mile, but I don't really feel like it was over 4,000' of AEG. Still, I trust the GPS route and stats, and rolling terrain is generally easier to take than a steep up and down. I wish I had those clear blue skies, long distance views, and pleasant hiking conditions, but I guess it was better than a trip to the Peaks, and I did get to use my poncho for the first time this year, as I had good fortune on the Peaks for every Humphrey summit, or I was smart and didn't hike there in the Monsoon season. I took advantage of the storm shelter below the Tipton Overlook and ate lunch for about 10 minutes during the hail storm, and even though I considered skipping Hualapai Peak, I scrambled to the summit of that through New Mexican Locust, as I was there and could tolerate the cold wet wind for a little while. I was in shorts and t-shirt for this.

I highly recommend this hike, but also recommend better weather! I guess I could have canceled my hotel reservation, but I didn't want to, and in the end, I did something new.
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Hiking11.75 Miles 4,006 AEG
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Chums and I headed up to Kingman Saturday morning. This was a brand new area for me so the plan sounded great. He had done Hualapai Peak before and was more focused on the other two. We decided we'd hit Aspen and Hayden and then see if we were up for the big one.

This turned out to be a beautiful area with only a handful of hikers on a Saturday. I enjoyed Aspen quite a bit-- the trail was nice and views were great. We then came back down to do Hayden. Hayden is all road but there are some nice patches of aspens along the way. Just ignore the trespassing sign and crawl under the gate to access the road to the top :D There's a bunch of stuff up there-- weird buildings and antennas all just kind of concreted all over the rocky top.

After getting back to the bottom, we decided we'd go for Hualapai Peak. I'm glad we did-- it was a nice steep walk. The very top is a scramble so Chumley went up first while I waited with Lily. Then once he got down, I headed up. The summit was covered with huge blankets of ladybugs and I think I accidentally stepped on more than I was comfortable with :?

He headed back down and finished the loop. I had not been planning on a 4K day but it was well worth it. We left the park and headed down Ridge Road to find a spot to camp. That's one heck of a road but we found a nice spot.
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chumley
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Hiking13.44 Miles 4,438 AEG
Hiking13.44 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   2.52 mph
4,438 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break
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I was so surprised on my first visit here that I knew I had to come back. Upon returning, I forgot how much I like this park! With eyes set on the two peaks I had previously missed, we started with Aspen. This one is a winner. The trail is great to the Dean overlook, and then the unmaintained route to the summit is nice enough and easy to find. Below the peak is an A-Plus camping area with awesome views in all directions.

Next up was Hayden. We took the road which is super steep, but not that exciting. The park literature indicates that visitors should not disturb the equipment on the peak, and we didn't. Though we did observe it from a fairly close range. :scared: I decided to hit the second hump on the peak while Kyle headed back down. On my return I found a short crossover to the Dinosaur Rock trail and decided to descend that way instead. Then I got to the Tipton Overlook junction, and it would just be dumb not to go out there too. Kyle would have to wait!

In retrospect, if doing this peak again I'd skip the road altogether. The upper part of Dinosaur Rock was awesome. A beautiful grove of aspen was the highlight. Tipton Overlook is worth the price of admission too. (That price being annoyingly flat switchbacks which I cut vertically on the way down :oops: )

Next up, we decided there was no reason not to bag Hualapai too. While I had been there before, Kyle had not, and it's a fun one I didn't mind doing again. We took turns Lily-sitting since the summit is not dog friendly. Thousands upon thousands of ladybugs covered the peak, but I think it's past their season. They were pretty docile and even their color looked dull. I don't know anything about ladybugs but I was a little surprised to see them this late in the year.

We headed down and finished on the other side of the Potato Patch Loop. This northern slope is a different world of shade, grass, and trees. It's almost as if Kingman isn't... right over there. :A1:
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Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking8.32 Miles 2,201 AEG
Hiking8.32 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   1.88 mph
2,201 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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The Hualapai Mountains seem such an anomaly. Leave ugly, dusty, drab, gray Kingman, and drive 10 miles up a mountain, and you are in the Sierras, or Catalinas! Granite peaks, forest of pines, spruce, fir and aspen, and great views.

I didn't make it to the summit, but after discussion with Chumley I think next time I will easily get there. I tried to climb the summit rocks from the wrong side. Compare my GPS route with the official one. The best way to see what I did compared to what they did is to put it in satellite mode.

I hope to go back soon!

Oh, for those of you waiting, on the edge of your seats, for updated news about my feet: Yes, they are much better. These Lowa Renegade boots are very good. And I took Ibuprofen partway into the hike, to try to prevent any aching. This is the longest hike with the most AEG BY FAR that I have done in quite a few months.
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Apr 06 2014
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Hiking8.80 Miles 3,257 AEG
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This was a nice little cap to the weekend. The trails could not have been any nicer, the amount of signs was overwhelming and it was relatively easy on the troubling knee.

Highlights included great views, a quaint little pine forest, hiking with John and Chumley, bagging another peak, eating snow, a pretty solid car camping breakfast, and most importantly no one really on the trails.
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Apr 06 2014
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Hiking8.26 Miles 2,819 AEG
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After a long night dealing with drunks and guns we made our way over to Hualapai Peak. I’ve never been over to this part of the state. As far as I knew we were going to be in a remote part of the desert. I was wrong. The peak is situated next to a mountain town that has all the amenities of city living including paved roads and a county park (access fee required).

We started our hike and it was a bit chilly out. I wore my fleece and was comfy. The trail immediately starts gaining elevation as you wrap around Aspen Peak. We stayed to the west and worked our way over to a Boy Scout camp which was still vacant. We explored the area and then proceeded towards Hualapai Peak along the road. For anyone looking, I cleaned up my GPS Track and deleted the parts of my track that venture off course. Once you’re on the road you follow it all the way to Hualapai Peak. The road degrades as you near the summit and there are a few down trees you need to navigate around. It’s not an issue.

We neared the summit and followed a use trail that leads to the peak. It’s a bit steep and overgrown near the peak and some snow was up top as well. We took turns on the summit because we didn’t want to take the dogs up the final steep stretch near the summit. The views are fantastic! I looked for a summit register but couldn’t find it. After the summit we dropped down a bit and had our lunch. From there we returned on the road and completed the Potato Patch loop and returned to the car by mid-afternoon. We were back in Phoenix around 6pm.

This was a fun and interesting weekend. Thanks Lee for driving and thanks Chumley for doing the research on these two hikes. It’s nice just being along for the ride sometime.
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Hiking8.80 Miles 3,257 AEG
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After an entertaining night of camping :whistle: , we headed over to Hualapai Mountain Park with the intention of getting to the Mohave County high point.

It's early season and there was only one car in the parking lot when we arrived. The trails here are very well marked, and in great shape. We did a counter-clockwise loop around Aspen Peak on the Potato Patch Loop.

After wandering through Camp Levi Levi, we followed the road toward Hualapai. Only later did I realize that Hualapai Peak is not inside the county park, and therefore explains why this aggressively-signed trail system has no mention of Hualapai Peak on it. After some confusion, we figured it out, and headed southeast along the old road, first descending and then climbing to a saddle, before the old road turns to the southwest and ascends steeply directly toward the peak.

This would have been a very rough road for a vehicle back in the day! A very impressive grade!

The trail levels out for a short stretch before making the final push to the peak, where it ends on the south side below the rocky summit. We chose our ascent route from the east, one switchback below the end of the road, where a vegetation-filled chute showed signs of previous travel. There is some easy class-3 scrambling to the peak, the only real hazard was not slipping on the patches of snow that remained from a small storm earlier in the week.

The top is small and it was windy. There are two reference marks pointing to the benchmark. Strangely the one reference mark was blatantly higher (by at least 2-3 feet) than the benchmark. :-k

Also, Lee and John indicated that the Garmin basemaps have this peak marked with an incorrect elevation over 1000 feet lower than it actually is. Strange.

I spent 5-10 minutes climbing up, down, and around the boulders up top looking for any sign of a register. To my surprise, there wasn't one. On a county highpoint!!? Despite it's relative ease to get to, the peak itself is a bit of a challenge, as noted by previous HAZ triplogs (Joe, seriously!? ;)) so it wouldn't surprise me if a register up there didn't get more than 20-30 visits annually.

The trip down was quick and easy, this time taking the south and east route around Aspen Peak.

I like this park a lot. I'll be back to hit up Aspen, Hayden, and the other developed trail out to Potato Patch and Dinosaur Rock. Maybe Dean Peak across the way too. Or even hit Hualapai from the Wild Cow Springs drainage off-trail. Lots to do here :)

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Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking12.25 Miles 4,074 AEG
Hiking12.25 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   3.13 mph
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Awesome triple ascent in the Hualapai Mountains! We hiked from the Ranger station up to Hualapai Peak and scaled the east side (bad idea), returned down to the campsite and up the road to Hayden Peak. Backtrack to the campground and up Aspen Peak. Then we completed the loop back to the car. Besides seeing two deer, a half dozen horned lizards and a golden eagle; we we treated to a surprise appearance by Wally and the Stillernator along the trail!! Such a great hike, and a beautiful area.
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 Mesa, AZ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking13.70 Miles 3,700 AEG
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Wally and I started about 9am. As soon as we entered the park, the signs by the dirt road said "Park on Right Side Only". I saw all the cars parked along the road so I took the first space. After walking about a quarter mile up the road, we saw a sign that said "Trail Parking" by where the trail started. Oh well.

We made our way up the Aspen Springs Trail, to find that we could have continued on that road to an upper TH. I wanted to hike the entire Potato Patch loop per the "100 Classic Hikes in AZ" book, so this didn't matter much to me. In addition, I wanted to approximate Joe and Bruce's "super loop" track from the week before to add miles as a training exercise for my Keet Seel adventure next week. Once we got to the beginning of the loop, I decided to hike the loop clockwise, thereby getting Hualapai Peak, the highest point on this hike, out of the way.

The "spur" trail to Hualapai Peak starts out as a descending driveable road but soon turns into a narrow, overgrown and very steep trail. At the start of that trail we spotted a whitetail deer (see photo). Just below the peak we ran into Booneman and his AHOTE crew. Booneman's knee was bleeding, so it was officially an AHOTE hike (see Wally's shirt). The trail doesn't actually go to the peak, but just below. Younger and more adventurous version of me and Wally would have tried to bust thru the brush and near vertical rock faces to the top, but we're smarter now. And we were on mile 5 of 13. No need to kill ourselves yet.

We continued on the Potato Patch loop to the Hayden Peak trails and went to the Dinosaur Rock overlook, just under Hayden Peak. On our way down I decided against taking the trail to Mt. Tipton since I was running a little low on water and we still had to hike Aspen peak before finishing.

We took the trail up to just below Aspen Peak. What is up with the trails not going to the peaks in this park :SB: ?

On our way back we spotted some elk just below the campground at the top of the Aspen Springs Trail. wally was ahead of me, so he saw 4 cows and 2 calves. I spotted only 2 of each. The elk appeared to be very used to people and some regular park visitors told us that was the case. At one point I had in front me 2 calves on one side of the trail and the mama on the other side. They weren't bears, but I wasn't about to push the envelope on elk motherly instincts.

Afterwards it was to the hotel, dinner and sleepy time for the AZ Hot Springs hike.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Super Hualapai Loop, AZ 
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Hiking14.70 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   8 Hrs   37 Mns   2.29 mph
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Arrival
We drove up SR93 through massive stands of Joshua Trees and intriguing rippled terrain. In upper Sawmill Canyon off Hualapai Mountain Road we hit what I understand to be the lower access trailhead. The temps where cool in the upper 70's with a little humidity on scene too.

On Trail
The beginning is not very well defined in a wash. It soon makes sense and all the trails were well defined thereafter. The trail to the upper trailhead isn't as well cut, lacks waterbars and requires a little attention to avoid slips on the descent. It is steepish and appears to be less used than the other trails in the park. I didn't see the point in hiking the lower portion since it's a short drive to the upper. My opinion changed in a heartbeat when I realized I was in such a sweet forest. The canopy is just awesome. This type of hiking in a pine forest dazzles minds that never set foot on a trail reading about nature.

Aspen Peak 8167
After passing through a camp so good they named it twice we headed up to Aspen Peak. We went to a point where our gps track ended and the chaparral seemed to take over. After a short break we heard a few hikers coming down from somewhere. Three locals stopped by, we had a good chat.

On queue Bruce babbles about Michigan, Chicago and bla bla bla. There is typically one in every pack that bites. Never does one clarify why they all left these wonderful places and ended up in the desert on a horse with no name. Luckily the ion bonding ceremony is short. The official head-back half-nod signifies the conversation may evolve to substance.

They said it was only a ten minute hike past our perch. Upon researching (more of an after hike event these days) I see jj3 hit all three summits. So maybe next time as this is definitely a return destination in my book.

Hayden Peak 8166
Onward to what the signs call "Hayden Trails". The forest, the moderate temps for late July and puffy clouds had me in typical high spirits. We hit up a western overlook first on the way up. The light was dancing between the clouds and of course... I forgot my camera.

Next up was Vista Point. Nice views but they are blocked considerably since you are in a saddle. We lunched under a shady pine on a slanted slope.

Hualapai Peak 8417
On to the grand finale and the most notable peak in the range. It clearly stands out driving up SR93. We passed another water spigot and several port-a-johns. The campgrounds were picturesque yet surprisingly empty on a Saturday in summer. Not sure if it was closed or others shared my sentiments that $25 to camp is ridiculous.

Our gps track had an overlook to a saddle on the east side of the peak before heading up. I almost turned this down knowing the peak was near. On the way to the saddle we ventured a bit off track ending up at a high spot around 8094. This turned out to be the prize views of the day and perhaps all summer. All the elements of light, shadow and breeze synced in perfect harmony. The views were magnificent.

It gets steep heading up to Hualapai Peak on an old eroded jeep road. There is less canopy here than the rest of the hike save a small burned area in the early flats. A spaceship shaped disc-rock logged into the ENE side is a good reference point to judge your ascent.

At the end of the trail we climbed half way up to the peak. I could have continued but wasn't sure if I could get down. Bruce was just out of sight so I didn't want to press my luck either. Nevertheless outstanding views!

Return
A wonderful stroll through the forest canopy. We ended right before thunderstorms rolled into the area.

Eat at Joe's BBQ
Bruce heard about this place on a show about highways. Who doesn't like BBQ, it has a great name and there aren't many other options so why not! This tiny dive had a live and loud country-folk-rock? band of 5 or 6. Pretty spankin' cool in the tight quarters and each had more character than Mark Twain could ever conjure up. The waitress added to the atmosphere. What more do you need?

Ha! That's where Bruce and I differed on opinion. Bruce says "I don't get how they can afford the band". I didn't say a word as I didn't want to ruin his prime experience. Later outside I clued him in. How could you not figure it out? We're in the middle of BFE in a shack. My hands stuck to the table since it hasn't been cleaned in a decade. A fly pestered me from the moment I stepped in. My twelve dollar brisket sandwich (it sounds awesome doesn't it!) was so dry I almost choked. The waitress said and I quote "you don't want to put anything on this" yet explained the two bbq sauce options on the table. I couldn't take it after a third of my sandwich was consumed I needed something to slide it down.

The 12oz canned soda wasn't going to do the trick and I didn't have $5 for an answer(don't ask) so I went against the advice of the establishment. First up was the house sauce(red bottle). This chemical bath wasn't going to work. After a few more bites I gave in and tried the yellow bottle which is said to be a mixture of two store brands. I don't know what to say, I just wanted to get it over and get out. Did I mention there's no air conditioning. Only to be topped off by an array of ceiling fans set to breeze illusion.

Fair is fair right. The meat was well prepared in a smoker, tender and a fair portion. Probably would have been dynamite with some au jus or ANYTHING to compliment and slide it down. I'd go back as Bruce's shredded and smothered sandwich tasted pretty darn good. If it wasn't for the band I wouldn't even consider...
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