easy HIKE - WICKENBURG HORSE TRAILS & POT LUCK

  • December 9, 2012 · 9:45 AM
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There are miles of horse trails weaving through the desert southwest of Wickenburg on BLM and State land. Maintained by the wranglers at Rancho de los Caballeros, these trails wind over and around hills, gently climb to ridges, and offer excellent views of Wickenburg, the ranch, Vulture Peak, and the surrounding Sonoran desert.

Wickenburg resident Maria Langer will lead a 3-4 mile easy hike along the same horse trails she rode for years on horseback. Highlights include a wide range of desert geology and plant life -- and there's a pretty good chance we'll spot a few deer. (She saw two separate groups on her test hike in November.) And if Maria gets the trails just right, we'll pass close by one of the many mineshafts in the Wickenburg area.


This hike is dog and kid friendly. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.


About the pot luck: Because Wickenburg has few outdoor dining opportunities on a Sunday -- this town has more churches per capita than any other town Maria knows -- Maria is offering up her home as both the starting point for the hike and the location for a pot-luck lunch. Bring a dish to share, store it in Maria's fridge or oven (on low) or cooler. Maria will provide the plates, forks, cups, and soft drinks. A gas grill is on hand -- if you can get it lighted, you can grill on it. It might be a good idea to bring some chairs -- they're limited at Casa de Maria.


To get there:

FROM PHOENIX AREA: Take route 60 to downtown Wickenburg. Stay on 60 westbound to Vulture Mine Road at Safeway Supermarket. Turn southbound on Vulture Mine Road (left from town).

FROM PRESCOTT: Take Route 89 through Yarnell and congress. Head south on Route 93. Turn right (southbound) at first Traffic light (Vulture Mine Road). Next traffic light is at Route 60 and Safeway. Go straight across intersection to stay on Vulture Mine Road.

FROM VULTURE MINE ROAD AT SAFEWAY IN WICKENBURG: Head southbound. In less than a mile, make a left on Duffy (NOT DUFF) and then a quick right on Steinway. Follow that to Homestead and turn left. Pavement ends but road is maintained. Go to end at 328th Avenue and make a right. Go to end and make a left down the steep dirt road. At bottom, make a left onto the pavement and then the first right onto Maria's driveway. Follow that across the wash and up the hill to her house. Parking up there is limited; you can also park down in the wash (if heavy rain is not expected). Stow your pot luck food and gather for the hike. Hike leaves from her house.

Google says it should take about an hour to get there from the 101 & 17... or 1 1/2 hrs from Fiesta Mall.

Lost? Call Maria at[masked] for directions.

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  • Tyger G.

    Thanks again, Maria, for hosting this hike and potluck lunch. I had a wonderful time, and the way everyone casually lounged around your living room for so long, I suspect everyone else enjoyed it, too. It was a lot of fun.

    December 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      My pleasure, guys!

      December 10, 2012

    • Cathy

      Thanks for your wonderful hospitality, Maria! Thank~you very much for the lovely plants! It is appreciated!

      December 12, 2012

  • Andy W.

    Maria - you were so kind to offer your beautiful home, lead the hike (I would have gotten lost) and host the potluck. Many thanks!!

    December 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Andy! It was a pleasure!

      December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, if I do say so myself.

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    While waiting for the group, I just saw a herd of deer run off into the desert where we're going to hike. I bet we see a lot of deer this morning.

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be making some pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs on the side. I want to make sure there is something good and hot to eat. Also, some garlic bread.

    December 9, 2012

  • Al T.

    I'm bringing beer and bean soup

    December 8, 2012

  • Tammy

    I will also take a 5 layer dip thing.

    December 8, 2012

    • Tyger G.

      I could skinny dip if it's warm enough. That be okay?

      December 8, 2012

    • Tammy

      You want to skinny dip in my dip?

      December 8, 2012

  • Tyger G.

    I will bring some of my Tiger Claws (hot chicken chunks).

    December 8, 2012

  • Tammy

    I will bring Hummus and crackers and maybe something else that is Vegan :)

    December 7, 2012

  • Cathy

    Maria, I look forward to this hike! Wickenburg is my FAV town!! I hike Vulture Peak quite often, and love the area. I will make a cold pasta salad for the pot luck, and I have some folding chairs I can bring along. I look forward to seeing your house.

    December 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great, Cathy. I'm not sure how many chairs we'll need. Let's wait for a final count.

      December 5, 2012

    • Cathy

      My husband is taking a personal day off as he loves Wickenburg also. Our dog Rudy will be coming along also.

      December 5, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    Wow, this is great! I've lived in Wickenburg for four years, hoping for more PAMG events in the area. Unfortunately, I work on Sundays, but will absolutely try to attend any future events! I would especially love to explore the trails around Wickenburg. Events in Phoenix are often too far away for me to attend. Thanks Maria!

    December 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I couldn't get the description together sooner and many thanks to Al for getting it online at all. I hope you folks will join us for this hike and potluck. It's a real pleasure to share my little piece of Wickenburg with my new friends in the meetup group. I think you'll find the hike easy and fun, a good opportunity to chat with your fellow hikers. And the pot luck will be very relaxed on my back patio overlooking Vulture Peak and the mostly empty desert. Bring the kids and your dogs!

    December 4, 2012

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