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Harquahala Summit - 33 members in 77 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 16 2021
wanderinarizona
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48 male
 Joined Jul 04 2018
 Glendale, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
wanderinarizona
Hiking10.97 Miles 3,488 AEG
Hiking10.97 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   1.83 mph
3,488 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Great day! Not too hot, nice breeze blowing up the canyon as I ascended. Saw three bighorns at the saddle before the final push to the summit. Didn't see a soul all day. Tough hike but well worth the effort.
Mar 14 2021
nikorock28
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
nikorock28
Hiking10.06 Miles 3,425 AEG
Hiking10.06 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.45 mph
3,425 ft AEG
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Left Kingman a little after 7:30AM with some local folks. I decided I wanted to drive the dirt road to the trailhead in my Kia Forte and didn't do the greatest job of negotiating it. Just past the horse trailer parking area (0.4 miles from the trailhead), the biggest obstacle of the road was present and I decided to tap out there, parking off to the side. I did negotiate the road better on the return, so I was proud of that.

The rest of the group started at 10:38AM, but me, being a night owl and not a morning person at all, it was time for breakfast pancakes and syrup that I brought along. I ate, took my vitamins, rested and started hiking at 12:38PM. The beginning part of the trail, as you approach the base of the mountain, reminded me of Pima Canyon Trail down in Tucson. I enjoyed the climb up the rock laced drainage area and started to feel the hike at the old mining camp signpost. Hit the saddle and encountered the group coming down between the saddle and the summit. I made the top in 1:54, which I feel is respectable. I didn't stick around too long, just a couple minutes, then quickly headed back down to catch up with the rest of group. I hiked the last half of the descent with the group.

I enjoyed this trail. The summit was a little underwhelming, but I really didn't take any time to take in the views and perhaps my opinion was altered due to the wind. I would definitely hike it again, but probably leave my vehicle back at the gate. It got marked up pretty good trying to stay on the high side of the road. Only one other couple on the trail all day. Breezy conditions, but sunny, and I took a hooded sweatshirt that I never really needed. Carried 4-16.9 ounce bottles and drank 3 of them.
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Feb 27 2021
AugustWest
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47 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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AugustWest
Hiking10.77 Miles 3,557 AEG
Hiking10.77 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.37 mph
3,557 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Really nice adventure West of the West Valley. Abby lives out West and I am East (at least for another few days). We made it to an empty trailhead at 7:30 AM. The dirt from US 60 isn't that bad and I think a sedan could make it driving really slow. The trail is tucked away on the North Slope of Harquahala and stays out of the sun all morning so it was colder than what I was expecting for the first half of the day.

The trail is really well constructed and the EG and distance never seemed that bad to me. There is almost no brush or obstacles so the going was pretty smooth all day. Once up at the summit it is clear which side of the mountain is Wilderness. It was kind of like finding little green men on the dark side of the moon. Picnic tables, benches, communication arrays, multiple parking areas, and of particular interest the historical structures make up the summit area.

My only wish is that the BLM would redo some of the damaged historical panels that describe the activities of the miners and scientists that had inhabited this area for a very long time. The history of this area is rich and was really interesting to read about where the descriptions on the plaques were legible.

We saw 2 other hikers and three guys who rode up in a jeep together. Once we made our way down the sun had come over the mountain and warmed things up just a little bit. We finished our day with takeout from Old Pueblo in Litchfield Park which turned out to be pretty good!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some beautiful Ocotillo in bloom in one spot in the lower section of the trail.
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
Feb 21 2021
ScaredyCat
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 Joined Aug 08 2020
 Phx az
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2021
ScaredyCat
Hiking10.23 Miles 3,350 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.21 mph
3,350 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Led an outing to this remote area. The road in had larger drop offs than I remembered. There is but a single trail to follow for the hike. Leads straight back, then to the left and then up.

The switchbacks do a great job of breaking up the EG. Saw just 1 group +1 other lady on the trail. Once u reach the backside of the mtn, amazing views open up. Can get very windy on top. Worth the drive.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Not much to see yet.
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Feb 15 2021
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
Charger55
Hiking10.80 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   8 Hrs      1.35 mph
3,380 ft AEG
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I've wanted to do this hike for a long time, but it just seems so out of the way. Granted, I've traveled farther for much shorter hikes, but I was still dreading the drive. And it's not a fun one coming from the East Valley. I-10 west of the Valley needs to be expanded, Salome Road has a top speed of 45mph to protect cattle (I counted three carcasses) and the dirt road to the trailhead needs to be graded. But the hike is beautiful, pristine Sonoran desert with a unique reward at the summit and nary a soul around. We went super slow, not just to soak it all in, but because my hiking partner has to stop and sniff every bush on the way up and the way down.
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Dec 25 2020
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2020
BiFrost
Hiking10.74 Miles 3,619 AEG
Hiking10.74 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   3.58 mph
3,619 ft AEG   2 Hrs   46 Mns Break
 
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Looking for something relatively close to town for Christmas Day hike and first time on this summit for us. Others had mentioned it was a good trail and happy to say it still is. Even though it's continuously up the grade stays somewhat mellow the entire way. The switchbacks are well constructed and make the uphill a nice climb. We ran into a group of 3 on the summit but that was it the entire hike. Nice chill Christmas Day hike!
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Nov 04 2020
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.31 mph
3,380 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Hadn't been out here in 22 months so why not? The air isn't really clean, with smoke or something else very noticeable. It was worse towards the city, but also to the south.

One of the more interesting summits in the western part of the state with some expansive views (normally). Very quiet with only occasional birds, but then coyotes at dusk. Well, except for the military jets low overhead.

Bring pruning shears for the thorn scrub on the trail.
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Apr 04 2020
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.13 mph
3,380 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Seemed like a good day to get another peak checked off the list. Started just before 0830. Steady, but nice, trail uphill. Tons of wildflowers the entire way, in fact, the amount and variety of flowers was quite impressive. If someone was interested in just photographing wildflowers right now, the first 1.5 miles should be pretty satisfying. Nice breezes most of the way, then very windy once above the saddle the last 3/4 mile to the summit. Had a snack then headed back down. Much warmer on the way back down. Saw 3 couples on the return, but were surprised to only see 2 other cars at the trailhead. Realized on the drive out that 1 couple had parked at the turnoff from US-60, that added more than 4 miles of hiking to their day. Road is in good shape, medium clearance 2wd is all that’s needed when dry.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Tons of flowers, multiple types.
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Dec 12 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.40 Miles 3,451 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.51 mph
3,451 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Today was a super day to be out hiking, and I managed to convince Tracie, my favorite and intrepid hiking companion, to hit the trail with me today. We also took a couple of other peeps with us.

The target today was Harquahala Mountain, the high point of La Paz County. This was my 8th county highpoint in AZ; I plan to do at least a few of the other 7 sometime in 2020. We also hit the Harquahala Wilderness High Point, which is about 40 feet lower than the summit.

This was not an easy hike -- it was a steady climb up on the ascent. There were lots of fat, healthy saguaros along the way.

The road into the trailhead was not nearly as bad as I thought that it would be. 4WD is not needed, but you'd need some decent clearance in a few places.
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Dec 08 2019
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Cactus to Clouds, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking10.58 Miles 3,392 AEG
Hiking10.58 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.34 mph
3,392 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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Kyle has one friend who doesn't make excuses ;) so we headed out to enjoy the clouds today. The road is definitely in high-clearance mode now. Subi will do just fine if it still runs.

Lots of cactus. And clouds. Then a break. Then more clouds. Windy on the peak, but not the rest of the day. The breaks were nice for views. Back down into the cactus. Then more clouds. Perfecto!
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Apr 06 2019
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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toddak
Hiking10.80 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   5 Hrs      2.16 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Poppies and lots of others
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Feb 02 2019
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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toddak
Hiking10.80 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
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Outstanding peak hike, grey and windy day. The turnoff from US60 is at mile point 70.5
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Jan 02 2019
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.27 mph
3,380 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Three years ago I didn't care for this as I had a gray depressing day. Today was all sunshine, with some cold and a lot of summit wind thrown in. Views were outstanding, and the mountain was a lot nicer to be on, though still rather drab and dry, but it was pretty this time. Small patches of snow from a dusting the mountain received were lingering on the summit, too. Very quiet out here, with almost no sound at all when I stopped in the valley near the trailhead. Today, with the lower desert's first real winter in 3 years, I am pretty much over cold. It was nice for a short period of time.
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Aug 10 2018
Peter_Medal
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50 male
 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2018
Peter_Medal
Hiking6.25 Miles 2,960 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles
2,960 ft AEG9 LBS Pack
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This was not the plan. Improvise, adapt and overcome. Something is better then nothing. I never cancel trips due to inclement weather...other people not so much. Whatev. Was dropped off about 6 miles from the summit on Forest Road 9300 just before dusk. Reconvened with the Prescott 4x4 Club at summit. What a great place with limited light pollution for a meteor shower car camp. We had a fairly clear night for starlight viewing while at the same time watching the lightening strikes from the monsoon storms over Phoenix.

We got slammed with heavy thunder showers around 3am.

Wildlife seen: 2 lime green toads, a tarantula, a scorpion.

Will definitely make a return trip on the northwest official route in the future, in the winter.

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Jan 28 2018
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,406 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.75 mph
3,406 ft AEG
 
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wallyfrack
Decided to take a ride out here after seeing this one posted. I'm doing the 100 Classic Hikes in AZ book, but this hike was added in a later edition than the one I have. January seemed like the better time to attempt this one, and it definitely was. The first 4 miles were entirely in the shade, the last 1.2 had intermittent shade. That was also the steepest portion of the hike. Once you hit the saddle and can see the road on the east side of the mountain, there's about another 1000' vertically to go.

The hike up wasn't as bad as I had expected, but still a workout. It was a pretty steady climb, not too much loose rock, steeper as you approach the summit. The way back had a section that seemed a bit of slog. Once it leveled out a bit, there were still big steps that I didn't remember on the way up. The last mile and a half was finally easy again.

As usually is the case when I decide to carry my handy dandy folding stool, there was a picnic table waiting for us when we got to the top. We checked out the cabin and observatory area quickly, ate lunch, and headed back down. No ATVers were at the top, which was somewhat of a surprise. On our way back down, we saw 2 rhinos on their way up.

The only other hikers we saw were just below the saddle. They were packing light, and didn't seem to have much water. Once we got back to the trailhead, there wasn't another car there. We saw their regular sedan parked nearly all the way back to Rt. 60, just before the dirt road got to a gnarly section. this added a full 8 miles to their round trip hike. We imagined that it must have been quite the slog on that last 4 miles on the dirt road for them.
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wallyfrack
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60 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
wallyfrack
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,406 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.75 mph
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I did this hike 10 years ago so I guess I was due to return. The short version. From the trailhead hike up to summit but enjoy the sites along the way. At the summit take a break and eat. After refueling, hike down the trail back to the trailhead. The end.
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Nov 26 2017
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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chumley
Hiking10.23 Miles 3,472 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.55 mph
3,472 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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I forgot how much I like this trail. It's just impressively constructed and is in fantastic shape for a trail that can't get too much use. I even carried clippers to cut back any brush but never once took them out!

About half the hike up was shaded and it was very pleasant. There was even a short stretch of shade on the way down due to the low angle of the sun right now. It was supposed to be in the low 80s today but it didn't feel too warm at any time until standing by the truck at the end of the hike.

Thanks to the BLM (presumably) for keeping this one maintained.
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Nov 26 2017
Tough_Boots
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64 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2017
Tough_Boots
Hiking10.23 Miles 3,472 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.55 mph
3,472 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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Great hike today! This trail is in surprisingly great shape.
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Nov 26 2017
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2017
joebartels
Hiking10.23 Miles 3,472 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.55 mph
3,472 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Enjoyed this hike 7 years ago and it's holding steady. More saguaros and desert flora than recalled was a bonus.

Noticed a whopping 2 catclaw bushes heading up. Got a dandy half inch gash on my shin heading down. Apparently there are a few more. Only an issue if not paying attention...lol

Along with a shockingly well cut trail the distant views grab your attention. Mountain ranges with long ridgelines compliment the ultra flat desert floor.
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80 male
 Joined Aug 30 2008
 phoenix, arizona
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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olddutchman
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
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Went up yesterday, Monday to hike one of my favorite hiking trails in Arizona. Weather was perfect it was 43 degrees when I left the trail head at 7:15. From the trail head up to the old miner shack the trail was in good shape some cats claw getting close to trail and starting to come over trail, but you can get by this without any problem. From the old miner shack up to summit I cut the cats claw back away from the trail, some places it was growing across this section of the trail. Over all this trail is in good shape. No other hikers on trail today there was 5 ATV riders at the top and 1 Jeep. Road into the trail head is ok. I have a Ford 150 truck 4X4 did not have to cut any bushes back to get to trail head parking. I would recommend you have a vehicle with some clearance and AWD one of the washes is very sandy and from the horse trailer parking lot up to trail head parking it is a little rocky if you drive slow you will have no problem. No flowers or water on this trail today.
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