Harquahala Mine Trail

Salome, Arizona

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This graded gravel road passes the historic Harquahala Mining District. The road is well maintained and suitable for passenger vehicles. It leaves I-10 and heads north, traveling through the rugged and scenic Little Harquahala Mountains. After 4 miles the trail passes close to the old Harquahala Mine. Many of the workings can be seen from the road; the old adobe building that is part of the original settlement is just over a rise out of sight from the road. Much of the area is on private property or under mining claim. Please respect posted restrictions. Many of the remains at the Harquahala Mine date from activity after 1907. There are many old steps, retaining walls, and a fireplace. Special Attractions: Historic Smithsonian Observatory; Panoramic views from 5,691-foot Harquahala Mountain, the highest point in southwest Arizona; Access to Harquahala Mountain Wilderness; Steep, exciting trail that travels along long sections of shelf road; Harrisburg town and cemetery. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This graded gravel road passes the historic Harquahala Mining District. The road is well maintained and suitable for passenger vehicles. It leaves I-10 and heads north, traveling through the rugged and scenic Little Harquahala Mountains. After 4 miles the trail passes close to the old Harquahala Mine. Many of the workings can be seen from the road; the old adobe building that is part of the original settlement is just over a rise out of sight from the road. Much of the area is on private property or under mining claim. Please respect posted restrictions. Many of the remains at the Harquahala Mine date from activity after 1907. There are many old steps, retaining walls, and a fireplace.

Special Attractions: Historic Smithsonian Observatory; Panoramic views from 5,691-foot Harquahala Mountain, the highest point in southwest Arizona; Access to Harquahala Mountain Wilderness; Steep, exciting trail that travels along long sections of shelf road; Harrisburg town and cemetery. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Salome
Distance: 12.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best September to June
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 2,200 feet
Local Maps: USGS Hope SE, Harrisburg Valley, Salome; BLM Salome
Driving Directions: Directions to Harquahala Mine Trail

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