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Ascent of Harquahala Mountain on 2009-12-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Friday, December 25, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Harquahala Mountain
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:5681 ft / 1731 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is quite the hidden gem - without the description on summitpost.com, I never would have found this nice trailhead and trail. The road begins off US 60 between mile marker 70 and 71 across from a lone palm tree on the north side of the road.

The road is passable for passenger cars (at least for my Honda Civic), but I stopped at about 1.8 miles from the road at the horse trailer parking area, about .4 miles before the trailhead.

The trail appeared not maintained, but was usually in good shape except for a few places where thorny bushes overgrew the trail (glad I didn't wear shorts). The trail was long enough (thanks to plentiful switchbacks) that the slope was very gradual. The trail had loose rocks in places, but because it wasn't steep, they weren't much of a problem.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3641 ft / 1109 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route:Harquahala Pack Trail
    Trailhead:Horse Trailer Parking Area  2240 ft / 682 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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