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Ascent of Harquahala Mountain on 2015-11-21

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Harquahala Mountain
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:5681 ft / 1731 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'm just getting started in western Arizona, but from the research I've done, I think this may turn out to be my favorite climb west of Humphreys. A good pack trail, built nearly a century ago, that let me climb the entire mountain. Even a couple historical signs along the way. Nearly brush free; one short section had a few young catclaws trying to invade the trailspace, all others could be avoided; cacti no problem. My first hike in saguaro country; they seemed to add a personality to the trail.
With a light northeast wind, I had hoped for better visibility. Still a little bit of haze; I guess the crystal clear days come later in the winter. So many mountain ranges were still visible. Picked out Hualapais 93 miles north.
I used these L/L on US60 to find the trailhead: 33.86861, -113.39792. Look for sturdy gate on south side. Through gate, immediate right, follow fence 250-300 feet, then curve south and stay left at all intersections. A few shallow sandy washes, but was never close to needing 4WD. All but the lowest clearance cars should have no trouble.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3515 ft / 1070 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3515 ft / 1070 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 15.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3435 ft / 1046 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3355 ft / 1023 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Harquahala Mtn Trail
    Start Trailhead:Harquahala Mtn TH  2326 ft / 708 m
    Time:2 Hours 31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3435 ft / 1046 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3355 ft / 1023 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Harquahala Mtn Trail
    End Trailhead:Harquahala Mtn TH  2326 ft / 708 m
    Time:2 Hours 17 Minutes



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