Vulture Peak

Wickenburg, Arizona 85358

Vulture Peak

Vulture Peak Professional Guide

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"Vulture Peak is one of those nice little surprises that dot southwestern Arizona. Jutting skyward a few miles south of Wickenburg, this rugged and rocky summit stands as an alluring target for hikers. Just 2.5 miles in length, the Vulture Peak Trail climbs to a saddle just below the summit. From there experienced hikers can attempt the top by way of a short but rugged scramble."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Liu
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"Though located in a remote area, iconic Vulture Peak attracts plenty of visitors. This challenging trail takes hikers to a prominent saddle point overlooking expansive desert wilderness. Experienced hikers can scramble up another 240 feet to the summit for an even more impressive panoramic view. From the town of Wickenburg, Vulture Peak resembles a giant thimble protruding high above the desert floor. This distinctive profile appears imposing and unconquerable, but it is merely an illusion caused by the foreshortening of the summit’s true form."
Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"Vulture Peak is a distinctive landmark southwest of Wickenburg, noted for its domelike summit and steep, east-facing cliffs. This trail leads through the gorgeous Sonoran Desert foothills on the west side of the mountain and up to Vulture Saddle. A short scramble leads to the summit, where you’ll have views of the surrounding Vulture Mountains, as well as the distant Harquahala, Hieroglyphic, Bradshaw, Big Horn, and Eagletail Mountains. It’s an unforgettable vista of the open desert north and west of Phoenix."

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12/30/2009'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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Best October to May
2,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,420 feet
Top Elevation
Local Contacts
USGS Vulture Peak, USGS Vulture Mine
Local Maps

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