Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Vulture Peak Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 21, 2012
  Trip Report : February 12, 2006
where Wickenburg
the hike     Put on your cowboy hat and join us to hike up Vulture Peak, just outside of the Wild West town of Wickenburg, AZ! Wickenburg is only 60 miles northwest of Phoenix. This mountain and nearby Vulture Mine played key roles in the births of Wickenburg and Phoenix. We’ll park at the lower trailhead and start off hiking on the 4 wheel drive road to the upper trailhead. Then the trail will get steeper as we ascend the mountain via some switchbacks. When we reach the saddle there will be some nice views. Most people will make the saddle their turnaround point, however for the more experienced and adventurous hikers, you have the option to scramble up the steep, rocky last short stretch to the summit.
    If there is enough interest, we can also stop at the Hassayampa River Preserve (HMP) afterwards for a little more hiking. The HMP has 6 short trails, varying from 0.11 to 0.65 miles. Another option is to dine at either the Horseshoe Café or Anita’s Cocina in Wickenburg.
distance 4.2 to 6.5 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-1200' elevation change
elevations 2,445' (Trailhead) to 3,658' (Vulture Peak)
on trail 100% — but the final climb to the peak is a steep rock scramble
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost $5 per person for Hassayampa River Preserve, if we choose that option.
When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Wickenburg
meet 7:30 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. We will leave promptly at 7:45 AM.
drive
•  Go west on I-10 to 339th Ave, exit 103.
Turn right (north) on 339th Ave.
After 2.1 miles turn left (west) on Indian School Road.
After 1.9 miles, turn right (north) on 355th Ave.
In another 3.4 miles the road will bend left and change into Wickenburg Road.
After another 12.9 miles turn right (north) on the signed Vulture Mine Road.
Go 12.2 miles on Vulture Mine Road and turn right at the signed turnoff for Vulture Peak Trail, between mile markers 19 and 20.
Follow the dirt road (passable by passenger cars) east for 0.5 miles to the signed Vulture Peak Trail parking lot, which has restrooms and an interpretive ramada (note: We will NOT be driving farther up the dirt road to the 4-Wheel-Drive Trailhead).

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