Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Trails

Wickenburg, Arizona

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Harquahala is derived from a Mohave Indian word meaning “always water,” but, although there are some springs and riparian areas in the Harquahala Wilderness, I would not stake my life on finding any potable water there. Lying just outside the wilderness boundary, the 5,691-foot summit of Harquahala Mountain provides a stunning panorama of desert and mountain terrain. The highest point in southwestern Arizona, the peak is the former site of an astronomy observatory erected and operated by the Smithsonian Institution between 1920 and 1925. Today, it is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. A distinctive feature of the Harquahala Wilderness is a screened interior canyon system in which relict ecosystems, such as chaparral and desert grassland, are preserved. This trail guide covers an area with 6 miles of trails.

Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Harquahala is derived from a Mohave Indian word meaning “always water,” but, although there are some springs and riparian areas in the Harquahala Wilderness, I would not stake my life on finding any potable water there. Lying just outside the wilderness boundary, the 5,691-foot summit of Harquahala Mountain provides a stunning panorama of desert and mountain terrain.

The highest point in southwestern Arizona, the peak is the former site of an astronomy observatory erected and operated by the Smithsonian Institution between 1920 and 1925. Today, it is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. A distinctive feature of the Harquahala Wilderness is a screened interior canyon system in which relict ecosystems, such as chaparral and desert grassland, are preserved. This trail guide covers an area with 6 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wickenburg
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,691 feet
Local Contacts: BLM, Phoenix Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Harquahala Mountain, Socorro Peak, Tiger Well
Driving Directions: Directions to Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Trails

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May 2018