Harquahala Mountain Summit Trail

Wickenburg, Arizona 85358

Harquahala Mountain Summit Trail

Harquahala Mountain Summit Trail Professional Guide

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"The Harquahala Mountain summit path might seem easy since you and your dog begin by padding along an old mule trail, but with 3290 feet of elevation gain and a rocky trail surface, it is a true challenge. Plan to start early, pack in lots of water, and be confident of your dog’s conditioning before setting out.

As always, when visiting fragile desert environments, pick up after your dog. Leashes are not required here as long as your dog responds unfailingly to voice commands, but keep the leash handy as a courtesy to other trail users you may encounter. The summit is accessible by another route, and it is there that you will likely meet other visitors."

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"At 5681 feet, Harquahala Peak is the tallest mountain in southwestern Arizona, and indeed its hulk strikes an impressive profile from miles around. Its geographical stature also made it the ideal spot to locate an early-day observatory. Completed in 1920, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory provided scientists the opportunity to study solar activity. Today the observatory is just a cluster of abandoned buildings, but they nevertheless grace a visit to the summit. Although the top is accessed by a four-wheel-drive road, the 5.5-mile Harquahala Pack Trail—the primary nonmotorized access route to the observatory—offers hikers a highly scenic alternative to bouncing up the steep, rugged road."

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Perhaps it's just me, but I lost this trail after about 2 miles. I tried every which way to no avail. When I returned, I read all the alternative descriptions of the trail and noticed they all gave a slightly different description of how to find the trailhead. I turned off Hwy 60 just before MM 72, and traveled about 2 miles on a VERY rough road (had to walk the last 0.2 miles). There was a wilderness sign at the entry point, so I believe I was at the right place. At a minimum, take a gps.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,290 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
7 hours
Best October through April
2,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,681 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix Field Office
Local Contacts
Socorro Peak and Harquahala Mountain USGS
Local Maps

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