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Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead City - 2 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 28 2019
nikorock28
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
nikorock28
Hiking1.00 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
585 ft AEG
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This seemed steeper than the first time I did it in 2015. I headed up the sandy drainage, ultimately veering to the left to catch the second half of the west ridge and up from there. It was so windy at the top, that I only stayed there for seconds before heading back down. It really does feel like you are floating up there. Kind of seems like there are cliffs in every direction until you start heading down and see that it is doable (but steep!). Down the south side, where there are a few nice veins of rock to aid in the descent. Slow and deliberate down for me. Hikes like these always take me quite a bit longer to go down than up.
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
mt98dew
Hiking1.22 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking1.22 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   1.16 mph
585 ft AEG
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Staying in Laughlin for a few days with the wife and wanted to get an early hike in before we started our day together. Headed out a little before 5am and missed the turn off. I was over the pass and in Golden Valley before I was able to turn around and catch it heading west. As mentioned in a previous write up Old Kingman Highway is not signed as your driving on US 74. In the dark it was pretty hard to identify Sugarloaf, but it was obvious with the first days of sunlight. Parked just off the freeway, next to a wilderness sign about big horn sheep. Little chilly when I started out. It's nice to be able to say that in mid April. :) Took the most direct route to the top, from the southern side. There were two levels, or "flattish sections", where I could regroup and plan my path of ascent. The south side might look fairly steep, but there was quite a bit of exposed slabs of rock that provided a solid surface for the climb. Nice views from the top, though I didn't see any register. Descended along the western side of the peak. The angle wasn't as bad, but the scree was worse so I am not sure if the route was much better. Still, about 1/3 of the way down I came to a nice gradual descending ridgeline with some nice rock formations, that made the rest of the hike enjoyable. Neat little scramble. No wildlife, no other hikers. But I was surprised to see that Old Kingman Highway had quite a few vehicles parked along its shoulder RV/car camping.
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Dec 21 2015
nikorock28
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2015
nikorock28
Hiking2.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.71 mph
700 ft AEG
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I was returning from Laughlin and saw that this was a “short, steep hike” so count me in. I don’t believe the turnoff is marked “Old Kingman Highway” as stated in the hike description. I was looking for that two days prior on the drive there, but never spotted it. In any event, it is the turnoff between mile marker 8 and 9. I was expecting a trailhead, trail or something, anything and was confused where to begin. For some reason, I was thinking well defined trail, top half of Squaw Peak, but that is not the case at all. Just park wherever and head for the top, whichever way you go.

I parked about a quarter mile down the road, decided to walk back towards the highway (still looking for a TH) and just started up the adjacent drainage. Made it to the southwest ridgeline and followed that to the base of the “mountain”. Headed up the southwest side, sometimes using all fours as that seemed easier in some places. Swung around to the eastern side, thinking it might be a little less steep over there, but really wasn’t. Made the top and headed back down. Really no good way to go up or down, just do whatever works best for you. I was scree sliding in a couple areas, which was a lot of fun. Returned to my vehicle in the nearest drainage, ultimately making a loop.

I was thinking workout hike when I stopped here, but this is more of a mini adventure.
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Nov 13 2015
azbackpackr
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68 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2015
azbackpackr
Hiking1.26 Miles 630 AEG
Hiking1.26 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   1.18 mph
630 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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This was a wee challenge. The scree on this hill is just about at the "angle of repose" which means it is right on the brink of sliding down and taking you with it. Unlike the person who wrote the description, I found it harder to find good footing going up, rather than down. This seems odd. But going down I was able to take small steps. I pictured Bill Murray saying "Baby steps, take baby steps!"

One of the photos will show another way to get down some sections of this hill. :)

I was very pleased to see the original register, placed in 1993 by those intrepid hikers Gordon MacLeod and Barbara Lilley of the Desert Peaks Section of the Sierra Club, a SoCal group. I think those original registers are only still found on the peaks that get very little traffic.

So, if you go, take baby steps, just baby steps...
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Sep 15 2011
Stoic
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45 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2011
Stoic
Hiking1.25 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   0.88 mph
585 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I hiked up the westridge, and hiked down the eastside "express route"
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Sep 13 2011
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45 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2011
Stoic
Hiking2.50 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.20 mph
585 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Well, I tried to find Sugarloaf, and failed. Now that I have researched it more, i will reattempt this hike on Thursday. I turned around on the road i was supposed to take. I thought that this hike was south of the highway. I started hiking a little over a mile west of where I should have been. I did get a couple of pictures of what I believe is Sugarloaf. While researching Sugarloaf, I found annother Sugarloaf 12 miles North East of this one.
I still had a good hike in the rain, not one lighting strike when I was out.
I was hiking some of the smaller peaks off buck wash road.
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Apr 22 2009
AZLOT69
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70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2009
AZLOT69
Hiking1.00 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs      0.50 mph
585 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Interesting area loaded with mines. This was a bushwhack all the way. Great fun.
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