Harquahala peak

  • 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.

Informational links:
http://www.wickenburg-az.com/2006/10/harquahala-peak-smithsonian-observatory/
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/cultural/harcs.html

Photos from our trip there in 2009:
http://www.meetup.com/The-Phoenix-East-Valley-4x4-Meetup-Group/photos/140773/





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  • Steve

    Through voicemails I found out that Rob and Sharon went to the emergency room. His fleshwound was treated but there is a fracture in one of the shoulder bones. His arm was immoblized and the fracture will heal on its own. Sharon I hope I got that right. Get well soon Rob. We need you back on the trail.

    April 14, 2013

  • Steve S

    A fine drive thru the desert and up the mountain with a friendly group. Enjoyed the history of the solar observatory, must have been really difficult living and working there in the 1920s. Thanks for organizing, Steve. Also, hope Rob is doing well.

    April 14, 2013

  • Will L.

    Steve, thanks for the new-to-me destination. That was a fun and relaxing day. Scenic, historic, and great views. It's cool going places many people don't go and seeing things many people don't see.

    April 13, 2013

  • Jim & Mary C.

    Very nice run with awesome views at the top! Thank you Steve for putting this one together!

    April 13, 2013

  • Steve

    Awesome views

    April 13, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    It was great day, with great people, and great scenery!
    Missed Rob and Sharon, hope all is well and Rob on the mend.

    April 13, 2013

  • Harry

    Hey good morning Steve, Question for you... Is it possible to have one of my friends as a guest that can bring his own jeep and family on this run??? No big deal as I haven't asked him yet... I was just seeing that we have a waiting list and thought it would not be fair to have one guest and not let the member go... Anyway just thinkin' out loud... If not I understand and it will not hurt my feelings... Hello everyone else and, hope alls yours days ares goods ones....

    March 2, 2013

    • Steve

      Bring them Harry.

      April 11, 2013

  • Steve

    Might want to pack a sweatshirt. It might be windy on top.

    April 11, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Have to give up my spot...can't go this weekend due to out of town guests.

    April 10, 2013

  • Ken T.

    We have a friend who bought a new jeep and would like to join us on this trip. Is there room to bring a friend?

    April 8, 2013

    • Steve

      Bring them Ken.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Date mix-up. Attending a wedding.

    April 7, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Last min. family plan came up.

    April 5, 2013

  • Ken T.

    Are we confirmed for this trip?

    April 5, 2013

    • Will L.

      Ken, I don't see you on the "attending" list. If you want to go, hit the RSVP button.

      April 5, 2013

  • Steve

    This trip is confirmed.

    April 5, 2013

  • Steve

    Harry. Lets see how this pans out over the next few weeks first. I'll let you know.

    March 2, 2013

  • Tony X.

    I received two e mails one for Buldog run for Sat the 12th and one for Sat the 13th for Harhuala do you mean Sunday the 13th?

    January 8, 2013

    • Steve

      Harquahala Peak run is APRIL 13th.

      January 9, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    Looks like a great RUN.
    Excited to try it and live the experience!
    Jerry &Mary Ann

    January 8, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    As all ways, we are looking forward to this excitement!
    Never know what we can see and do along the way?
    Keep smiling, Jerry & Mary Ann

    January 8, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Have not done this one in a while look forward to a relaxing ride to the top

    January 7, 2013

  • Randy

    plus 1

    January 7, 2013

  • Steve

    Hey Super Dave, hope you don't get behind a slow poke. :)

    January 7, 2013

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