Ascent of Harcuvar Peak on 2012-02-05
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, February 5, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4618 ft / 1407 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe toughest part of hiking Harcuvar Peak is getting to the TH. I am sure there is an easier way get there, but I will describe my driving route. In Wenden on Hwy 60 turn north towards Alamo Lake and zero your odomter. At 1.2 mile turn left through a sandy marsh and onto what appears to be a farmers road as it parallels an irrigation ditch. AT 3.0 miles the irrigation ditch ends, continue straight, at 4.9 miles turn right over a cattle guard between 2 big fence posts. At 5.5 take the right fork through a wash, at 6.3 reach the power line road and turn right. At 6.8 miles turn left from the power line road onto a lesser road and at 7.2 miles reach an old corral with a big metal water tank. Go around the right side of the corral then merge with a good road coming from the right. AT 8.6 miles turn right on a lesser road that goes towards the mouth of the canyon. I missed this one the first time and had to come back and find it. At 8.9 miles reach a big wash. 2WD should stop here. I drove down through the wash and up the far side. The road now is really an ATV trail and my full sized truck earned a few Arizona racing stripes on the overhanging cactii. I continued to mile 10.3 where I parked at the mouth of the canyon where there was a few pieces of mining debris. The ATV track continues, but there is no place to turn around further on and it is narrow.
I hiked the ATV track up the canyon about .5 mile. At this point there is a large boulder on the left that is diamond shaped and about 20 ft tall and 15 ft wide. Here I left the ATV track and started hiking directly up the slope. I tried to stay on the little ridge that goes up to the main ridge. The footing is good, I just had to pick my way avoiding cactus, brush, and larger boulders. It isn't technical, only steep. I think I gained a quarter mile in elevation at the same time as getting a quarter mile closer to the summit. Great views.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1950 ft / 594 m|
| Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Route:||Southeast Side|
| Trailhead:||2668 ft / 813 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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