Vulture Peak

Wickenburg, Arizona 85358

Vulture Peak

Vulture Peak Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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."

"Poland Creek runs through a deep canyon on the eastern flanks of the Bradshaw Mountains. Take the Algonquin Trail down to the creek, where you will find many pools suitable for swimming, including one known as the Big Dipper below a 30-foot waterfall."

"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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Oct 2018