Muggins Peak

Yuma, Arizona

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A hike into the Muggins Mountain Wilderness Area through lovely Sonoran desert. At the moment there is no official trail, but the BLM is planning to mark one soon. This relatively small but rugged 7,674-acre wilderness is dominated by Klothos Temple, Muggins Peak, and Long Mountain. Washes snake their way up into and around these peaks, making excellent hiking routes. An uphill, cross-country scramble takes you to the summit. Some signs of old placer mine workings from the late 1800s in the western half of the wilderness lend some historic interest to the hike. Typical Sonoran Desert vegetation covers the area. Along washes may be found blue palo verde, ironwood, mesquite, smoke tree, and bitter condalia. Other species of notable interest are holly-leaved bursage, hoffmanseggia, Wiggins’ cholla, and a red-spined barrel cactus. Wildlife includes chuckwalla, Gila monster, cactus wren, desert bighorn sheep, possibly desert tortoise, and elf owl.
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by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

A hike into the Muggins Mountain Wilderness Area through lovely Sonoran desert. At the moment there is no official trail, but the BLM is planning to mark one soon. This relatively small but rugged 7,674-acre wilderness is dominated by Klothos Temple, Muggins Peak, and Long Mountain. Washes snake their way up into and around these peaks, making excellent hiking routes.

An uphill, cross-country scramble takes you to the summit. Some signs of old placer mine workings from the late 1800s in the western half of the wilderness lend some historic interest to the hike. Typical Sonoran Desert vegetation covers the area. Along washes may be found blue palo verde, ironwood, mesquite, smoke tree, and bitter condalia. Other species of notable interest are holly-leaved bursage, hoffmanseggia, Wiggins’ cholla, and a red-spined barrel cactus. Wildlife includes chuckwalla, Gila monster, cactus wren, desert bighorn sheep, possibly desert tortoise, and elf owl.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yuma
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,184 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 250 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Yuma Field Office BLM
Local Maps: USGS Ligurta, Dome, Wellton, Red Bluff Mountain West
Driving Directions: Directions to Muggins Peak

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