April 13, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Harquahala peak trail is a BLM National Byway which climbs to the top of 5,681 ft. Harquahala Peak, the highest mountain in southwestern Arizona. At the top, find an observatory built by the Smithsonian Institution in use from 1920 to 1925 to measure solar temperatures. Also find modern solar collectors used by the Central Arizona Project. Easy at the bottom, but the upper parts of the road are narrow, steep and rocky. Suitable for all SUVs with four-wheel drive and low-range gears. There are views as far as the eye can see with no obstructions. This trail is on page 214 of the Second edition Wells book. This will be a very long day. Make sure to bring lots of snacks.
Ham Radio guys: We will try to make contact via simplex wherever we can. Should easily make it back to the valley. Parker, Blythe, Quartzite and Lake Havasu City are all possibilities. We may not get a bite anywhere but I think we will.
Photos from our trip there in 2009: