|when||Trip Report : April 9, 2016|
|where||Harquahala Mountains Wilderness|
At 5,681 feet, Harquahala Summit is the tallest mountain in
If you’re interested in a rigorous and challenging hike, then
this one is for you.
Although nearly identical to the Humphreys Peak Trail in both
distance and elevation gain, altitude sickness won’t be
an issue here.
Harquahala Summit tops out at 5,681 feet, while Mt. Humphreys
goes all the way up to 12,633 feet – almost 7,000 feet higher.
The first two miles of the trail are a steady but relatively easy climb. And although the trail is wide and easy to follow all the way up to the summit, the last three miles are the toughest stretch, with rough, rocky terrain and the last 3/4 mile climbing 1,100 feet. Most of the trail is within the Harquahala Mountains Wilderness, established in 1990, although the summit lies just outside of the wilderness area.
According to one of our hikers, there are some great views along the way, as we climb higher on the trail. Weather and wind conditions permitting, we’ll stop for lunch on the summit and return back to the trailhead on the same trail.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||11.0 miles round trip.|
|EC||+-3359' elevation change|
|elevations||2,322 feet at trailhead to 5,681 feet at summit|
|rating||"A" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
Due to the driving distance to the trailhead and the length and difficulty
of this hike, we’ll meet at
6:00 AM near the McDonalds at I-17 and Carefree
Highway (US 74), east of I-17 and on the north side of Carefree Highway.
Go one block east on Carefree Highway and turn left (north) on North Valley
Pkwy. and take an immediate right into the gas station/Albertsons shopping
center. McDonalds is just to the east of the 4 Sons gas station.
We’ll make all carpooling arrangements here and depart promptly
at 6:15 AM.
NOTE: High clearance vehicles are required for the 2.2 mile stretch of dirt road between US 60 and the Harquahala Trailhead.
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