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Vulture Mountains Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trail is one of many through an area riddled with 4WD trails that are mainly old mining roads. For those with more time, it is possible to spend anywhere from an additional couple of hours to a few days exploring these side roads, many of which lead to other mines. Special Attractions: Easy trail passing through varied desert scenery; Close to the site of Constellation and the Copperopolis and Abe Lincoln Mines; Views of the Wickenburg Mountains. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing ).
We are new to offroading and thought this area would be a good local test for our Toyota FJ Cruiser. The trail instructions were confusing in various areas and we did backtrack a number of times to get back on the correct route which messes up odometer counts. I can understand though that it is tough to be too accurate out there with all the roads/trails that intersect. Trail tight in a few places and will get scratches. Lost our way after the concrete pillars about 10 miles in and turned around. Went to Wickenburg and tried the trail from the other end. Went for a ways but got kinda difficult so decided to call it a day. Just couldn't complete about 2 miles according to GPS reading. Maybe next time! Trail is easy to moderate with a few difficult sections. Quiet and relaxing.
The trail is pretty rough, but most of the roughness comes from all the trees and bushes hanging over the trail scratching your vehicle. I think a 4-wheeler would be perfect here, not a jeep. Unless you don't care to scratch the sides of it.
Also, it's very easy to get lost so be careful. 4wd is a must here.
TRil was great the worst of it was the river crossing and some of the washes lots o sand good outing for an afternoon
Went on this trail today and it was open. When crossing the Hassayampa River bed you will come to a gated fence. You have to go up to the fence and physically unhook the fence and pull it back, and then drive up the trail.
I will definitely say that this trail is fairly moderate halfway through and the other half should be rated difficult. There are some good climbs and once you are about a mile from the end of trail you have to enter into another wash area, but be prepared because the wash area of the river here should not be taken likely. The sand is shallow, but the further you go down the trail the more of a chance you have of getting stuck. In a matter of fact it was too risky and we had to turn back and head back up up the trail the way which we came.
Also, make sure to have a high clearance vehicle for it makes it much easier when the hard parts come later down the trail.
Went to go do this and right across the Hassayampa River the road has been closed. A complete waste of time.
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