Vulture Peak

Wickenburg, Arizona

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A great hike through gorgeous Sonoran Desert. The trail winds through wonderful Sonoran Desert. Saguaro, ocotillo, palo verde, jojoba, creosote bush, teddybear cholla, and staghorn cholla hug the trail. Take your time, enjoy the views, and before long you will reach Vulture Saddle. There are grand vistas from here, but if you have a little more energy, it’s only another 240-vertical-foot scramble to the summit of Vulture Peak. Look for black-throated sparrows, North America’s only desert bird that does not have to drink water (it gets moisture from metabolizing the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the seeds that it eats); delicate silky flycatchers known as phainopeplas that feed on mistletoe berries in the palo verde trees; and Say’s phoebes “hawking” insects out of the air.

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"A great hike through gorgeous Sonoran Desert. The trail winds through wonderful Sonoran Desert. Saguaro, ocotillo, palo verde, jojoba, creosote bush, teddybear cholla, and staghorn cholla hug the trail. Take your time, enjoy the views, and before long you will reach Vulture Saddle. There are grand vistas from here, but if you have a little more energy, it’s only another 240-vertical-foot scramble to the summit of Vulture Peak.

Look for black-throated sparrows, North America’s only desert bird that does not have to drink water (it gets moisture from metabolizing the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the seeds that it eats); delicate silky flycatchers known as phainopeplas that feed on mistletoe berries in the palo verde trees; and Say’s phoebes “hawking” insects out of the air."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wickenburg
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,180 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,700 feet
Local Contacts: Phoenix Field Office BLM
Local Maps: USGS Vulture Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Vulture Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

12/30/2009
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Careful...it's NOT easy. Moderate and pretty challenging at the top. Also driving directions to trailhead are wrong: In directions where it says turn left "at the 30 mile marker" replace with "between the 20 and 19 mile marker". Enjoyed the hike!



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May 2018