With Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Highpoint & Guadalupe Mountain.
On my way home from PHX. Nice weather window... Got my truck to 3,400 ft and walked the rest...
Drove Harquahala Byway from south to 4200' and hiked road
I did this one with "Rubi" (my trusty 2003 Jeep Wrangler). Some say that is cheating and while that may be so, it afforded me the opportunity to hike 3 other AZ peaks that day.
Very nice hike and really cool desert scenery. The trail does not seem to see a lot of use as the last entry at the trailhead register was over a month old. Also, the trail was pretty overgrown and faint in places. I had the mountain all to myself. Great views from the top though a bit hazy.
5.5 hours round trip minus our break on the summit.
This was my favorite desert hike, to date. The road was rough, but the trail was well-signed and easy to follow. It only took me 2H15M to the summit, then a 15M break, and then 2H0M back to the trailhead. I was really moving well, and I think it helped that I was in the morning shade for most of the ascent and had the sun at my back for most of the descent. Highly recommended!
Via the Harquahala Mountin Trail. Low clouds around and below me on the summit, no one else on the trail today. The people who drive to the summit on the road shouldn't be allowed to sign the register!
With Dad, below, AZ CoHPing.
I've been up this one a couple of times, always via the road. And a crappy road it is.
Forced to road walk last mile when Honda failed
all 3 attempts on the crux. Wait till Soichiro
hears about this !
The trail is a dandy, really enjoyed it as it was like walking through an arboretum specialing in desert flora. I went with Rick Hartman of Prescott and the night before the hike Rick cooked his famous "BBQ" chicken. The stuff just melted in your mouth. We hiked it early to beat the heat which warmed up to the low 90's
by the time we returned to our vehicles. Also, on a saturday, we had the summit to ourselves, no one else hiked or drove it.
A Valentine's hike with my wife. Spent night in Salome. Definitely backroad AZ. Also climbed it in 1997 hiking up nearly the full length of the access road from the south. I much prefer the north route for hiking. Our reports
Drove to the top at night. Does that still count as a summit?
Been over 2 months since my last hike and was good to get out. Cold and windy on top. Some snow was present. The wind blew the smog away which made for a very visible day. We could see into Califoria, almost to Yuma, almost to Kingman and saw the Four Peaks. Increadible view.