This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE to DIFFICULT.
The first 1.3 miles of the trail follows a pleasant path through a hilly desert floor area. The last 0.7 mile up to the saddle is a challenging almost non-stop uphill of 700 feet over a number rocky surfaces and high stepping parts. The planned route is to the saddle, which offers good views of the far northwest valley. Plans are open if some want to go to the top. The final 240 feet from the saddle to the top of Vulture Peak is a steep non-maintained path that involves some hand-over-foot climbing. It offers 360 degree views of the far northwest valley.
Hike suggestions; bring minimum 2 liters of water, shoes with good soles, and then maybe a snack, sunglasses, camera, hat, suntan lotion and hiking stick(s) [for on the way down!]
Options are for lunch in Wickenburg after the hike.
Contact Pete Weinelt [masked],[masked] Phoenix
DISTANCE: 4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1000 feet to saddle, 1240 to the peak
TRAIL STYLE: In-and-out style
DURATION: 2.5 hours
FACILITIES: Bathroom at trailhead, no water
WEBSITE: US BLM
CARPOOL LOCATION: We can car pool from the Quality Inn in Wickenburg. The address is 850 E. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ. We'll leave there at 7:30 am! If you want to meet at the trail-head instead of the Quality Inn, please let me know.
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: From the US-60/US-93 circle in Wickenburg, drive about 2.5 miles west on US-60 (Wickenburg Way). Turn left (south) on Vulture Mine Rd. Go about 7 miles south and the trailhead entrance will be on the left (east) side of the road. The trailhead is about 0.4 miles in. The coordinates are[masked], -112.8175. We'll meet here at 8:00 am!