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May 16 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Hualapai Super Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 16 2020
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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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There was some claret cup cactus blooming along the way, but that was about it for flowers.
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Nov 04 2019
nikorock28
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Hayden Peak Summit Road - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2019
nikorock28
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
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It is warm enough this week to still enjoy the Hualapais. I took the road the whole way, which is my favorite "workout" hike in the Park. The road has deteriorated the past few months, which makes it pretty slick for the descent. Fortunately, stone is now exposed in areas to aide in traction. Pretty much shaded the whole way with a 2:36 PM start, which makes it a little colder than I would like. Though, the peak was quite nice in the sun with little to no breeze. I hit the upper of the first set of towers on the way back, which is just a two minute diversion from the main road. If you are looking for something short and quick (about 3 mi, 1000' total), that is a nice destination, with excellent views from the rocks to the west and back up towards Hayden Peak.
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May 13 2019
nikorock28
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2019
nikorock28
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
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This was my 5th venture into the County Park since moving to Kingman on April 1. In town was sunny, but there were looming clouds above the peaks. It was 64 degrees and drizzling at the trailhead at 1PM. Headed to Hayden Peak Road, which has become my go to training hike. 4th time up the road since April 1 and clocked my best time of 15:56 from the gate to the top of the initial set of stairs (right, northern peak). I will keep working on improving that as time goes on and as I slowly lose weight. I didn't see any other hikers today, but the Mohave Electric Cooperative was a presence throughout the park and even on the peak.


I headed back down the road to my usual gate resting place. By this point, the clouds had cleared and the sun was shining. It was now lovely out so I decided to head out to Dean Overlook as well. I went over to the base of the dean overlook rock to inspect the climbing. It appears that going up the steep west side might be possible, but definitely not in my comfort zone. Went back to the saddle, looked at the north side and there could be an easier route from that direction. I will go check it out soon. I didn't go to the summit, but the Aspen Peak trail was the highlight of the day. Very nice trail and I will be sure to hit it more frequently.

Great to have these hikes so close.
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Jul 22 2018
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hualapai Peak & Hayden Peak, AZ 
Hualapai Peak & Hayden Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2018
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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azbackpackr
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 Flagstaff AZ
Hayden Peak Summit Road - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
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Hiking6.91 Miles 2,136 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   1.43 mph
2,136 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Following the Potato Patch Loop to the Hayden Trails, which included the Tipton Overlook and the dinosaur rock trails, we cut over to the road and from there it was only a short distance to the actual summit on the road. Nice hike, great weather. Oddly, it was cold and windy in Kingman, but not windy on the mountain. Somehow I had thought we'd spend a lot more time hiking on a road, but actually it's very little.

A HAZ member turned up for the hike!!: HikedUP

We could not figure out what the dinosaur is. Maybe it's a rock to the south that sort of looks like a Dino head?

I have to wonder if my GPS is off, because another hiker said his showed over 7 miles and 2500 or so AEG. Or maybe, his is off.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Practically zilch is left now. No aspen leaves. Some very faded oaks and shrubs.
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Apr 23 2017
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Hualapai Super Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 23 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.30 Miles 4,296 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.06 mph
4,296 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hualapai Super Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 23 2017
LindaAnn
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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Nov 05 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Potato Patch Loop and AHH Peaks, AZ 
Potato Patch Loop and AHH Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking12.50 Miles 4,188 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   2.05 mph
4,188 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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 University, AZ
Hualapai Super Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 08 2016
Jim_H
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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1st trip
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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Sep 24 2016
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hualapai Hat-Trick, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 24 2016
Tough_Boots
Hiking11.75 Miles 4,006 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles
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1st trip
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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Sep 24 2016
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 Tempe, AZ
Hualapai Super Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 24 2016
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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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1st trip
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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Oct 09 2015
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 Andover, NJ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2015
big_load
Hiking6.80 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.94 mph
2,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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1st trip
I broke loose from a business trip to visit Cousin G. in Kingman, and she put this local favorite on the list of possible hikes. With such warm weather, higher elevations seemed like a good idea, and we had enough time to explore some of the side trails. We sat on Hayden Peak for a couple hours and caught up on family news under a beautiful sunny sky with a nice cool breeze. Numbers are for the total trip, somewhat approximate, but reasonably close.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Aspens higher up were turning. Lower aspens were still green.
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