Ascent of Harquahala Mountain on 2021-03-17

Climber: Mike Maki

Others in Party:Mary Maki
Date:Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Harquahala Mountain
    Elevation:5681 ft / 1731 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you have a choice between hiking and driving this peak I'd recommend the hike from the north side off Hwy 60. Road to the trailhead is doable in a standard 2WD vehicle. Trailhead has parking area and pit toilet. The trail is well graded and easy to follow. Lots of beautiful Saguaro and Ocotillo along with the other native flora. IT's just a beautiful desert trail. It's a steady climb to the top. Once you get to the saddle just below the summit you will see the road that climbs from the south. There was a standard 4X4 truck that arrived at about the same time as us. There is a large solar array for the Central Arizona Project aqueduct and the old tin shed (fenced) from the old observatory. Research the site before you go. Many of the information sings on the summit are weathered and difficult to read. Enjoy, this is a great desert hike. Some Pics.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3365 ft / 1025 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Trailhead:2316 ft / 705 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Maki
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