Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Ben Avery Trail Day Hike
when March 7, 2020
  Trip Report : March 23, 2013
  Trip Report : February 18, 2012
  Trip Report : April 4, 2009
where Eagletail Mountains Wilderness
the hike     The Eagletail Mountains Wilderness area has 97,880 acres of rugged and desolate desert beauty. Located 70 miles west of downtown Phoenix, the Ben Avery Trail is an ideal hike to explore the area. We may see some early flowers as the rains have been good.
    The hike begins at Courthouse Rock, dips down into a wash several times, and follows an old jeep road. We will be using GPS coordinates as well as a topo map, as the route can be a bit tricky to follow. The terrain is desert wilderness with plenty of cactus and other desert plants. We will hike to Indian Springs, where we will be looking for some ancient petroglyphs. We will take a break here, then continue on the same trail out to the south side of the Eagletail Mountains. We will then return to the petroglyphs for lunch. At this point the group may split, some of us will go off trail to a nearby double arch and then back to the cars. The persons who do not want to go to the arch can take the trail back to the cars. The difference in distance back to the cars between the arch and non-arch is 2.3 miles off-trail, so the folks who climb to the arch will get back to the trailhead later.
    This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny, pages 26-32.
distance 8.0 miles (trail only) or 10.3 miles (arch)
time 5-7 hours
EC +-600' elevation change
elevations 1598' (Trailhead) to 2053' (western Natural Arch)
starting at
Ben Avery Trailhead 33° 28.438' N,  113° 21.789' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Ben Avery Trail (Arch excursion is off trail)
rating "C" (trail only) or "B" (arch)      Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Tonopah
meet 7:00 AM in west Phoenix at Walmart at I-10 & Estrella Pkwy. On the east side of the Walmart parking lot next to the Well Fargo Bank. Walmart is just south of the freeway.
•  Take I-10 west to rest area near Tonopah. Last rest room stop before the trailhead Continue west to Exit 81 (Salome Road exit).
Go south on Harquahala Valley Road almost 6 miles to Courthouse Rock/Centennial Rd.
Turn right and go west on Centennial Road, which leads straight toward Courthouse Rock.
At 6.9 miles, veer right along a road that parallels a natural gas pipeline.
The pipeline road goes steeply in and out of washes. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
Four miles along the pipeline road, turn left and go southwest where you see the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness sign. This road may require 4-wheel drive, so we may park and hike in the last half mile.
The wilderness road is blocked at the trailhead, 1.6 miles southwest of where you turned off the pipeline road.

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