Harquahala Mountain Trail

Salome, Arizona

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This trail has been upgraded by the BLM in recent times, but it is still a steep, rough, exciting drive leading to the reward of the highest summit in southwest Arizona. The start of the trail is well marked from the paved Eagle Eye Road. The first few miles are easygoing as the trail travels along a graded dirt road snaking toward Blue Tank Canyon. A track on the left goes to the scattered remains of the Alaska Mine, 1.2 miles from the start of the trail. A few miles into the canyon, the trail starts to climb and it doesn’t stop climbing until it reaches the summit of Harquahala Mountain, 6.8 miles later. The shelf road continues all the way to the top. Special Attractions: Vehicle corridor passing between two wilderness areas; Hiking access to Hummingbird Springs Wilderness and Big Horn Mountains Wilderness; Very scenic trail passing through remote desert area. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.

Harquahala Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail has been upgraded by the BLM in recent times, but it is still a steep, rough, exciting drive leading to the reward of the highest summit in southwest Arizona. The start of the trail is well marked from the paved Eagle Eye Road. The first few miles are easygoing as the trail travels along a graded dirt road snaking toward Blue Tank Canyon. A track on the left goes to the scattered remains of the Alaska Mine, 1.2 miles from the start of the trail. A few miles into the canyon, the trail starts to climb and it doesn’t stop climbing until it reaches the summit of Harquahala Mountain, 6.8 miles later. The shelf road continues all the way to the top.

Special Attractions: Vehicle corridor passing between two wilderness areas; Hiking access to Hummingbird Springs Wilderness and Big Horn Mountains Wilderness; Very scenic trail passing through remote desert area. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Salome
Distance: 10.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Maps: USGS Weldon Hill, Harquahala Mt., Salome; BLM Salome
Driving Directions: Directions to Harquahala Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

12/29/2015
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Just did this trail today and I will say that the trail has been vastly improved since the last time I went up it about 4 years ago. Especially near the top where it used to be a lot more rocky and required more clearance. Now the trail is improved enough that I would say about any stock 4x4 could do it. I would reclassify this trail as "easy"... extra clearance no longer needed with a little careful driving, but well worth the time! Very enjoyable trail. Fantastic panoramic view from the top! Fascinating to see a bit of history up there as well. Love it!


8/28/2010
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Just did this and the info here is dead on. The last 4 miles or so can be pretty tough. I have brand new Duratracs and I am extremely impressed with their grip and can see the demand for a tire with a solid hold. I would NOT travel that road after, during, or with a threat of precip. No way! There are FEW places to turn around or let a passing vehicle give way. It is worth the trip to the top. Not much left of the observatory (building only) but you are rewarded with a stunning view 360 degrees...you can see for miles. The temp for August was pleasant with nice breeze at the top. Sign in at the info area before you head up. I put down what time I headed to the summit and when I returned. It helps them track traffic and also lets them know you are still up there. Not sure how much they check it...but worth the scribble. Enjoy!



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May 2018