Vulture Peak-Wickenburg

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10/11/2020 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Steve Downing
Phone: 937-684-1733
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Address: 22135 N Mission Dr, Sun City West, AZ, USA

This is a traditional Thanksgiving Hike for many of the hiking groups in the valley and now a tradition for the Corte Bella Adventure Group.
The hike does have a climb but you only need to hike the distance you are comfortable with and can wait for the group on the return hike back to the trailhead.
Of course, after the hike, a stop in Wickenburg for lunch at a place to be decided.

From the Falcon Guide

Vulture Peak is a distinctive landmark southwest of Wickenburg, noted for its dome like summit and steep, east facing cliffs.

The trail winds through the wonderful Sonoran Desert. Saguaro, ocotillo, palo verde, jojoba, creosote bush, teddybear cholla, and staghorn cholla hug the trail. The first 1.6 miles or so make for a fairly gradual climb, then you meet the end of the four wheel drive road, and the trail begins to ascend more steeply. Take your time, enjoy the views, and before long you will reach Vulture Saddle. There are grand vistas from here, but if you have a little more energy, its only another 240 foot scramble to the summit of Vulture Peak.

Distance: 4 miles total out and back

Elevation Change: 1,180 feet

Directions to Trailhead: Drive about 30 miles northwest on US 60 to Wickenburg, then drive south 7 miles on Vulture Mine Road. About 0.7 miles past milepost 30, turn left onto the signed Vulture Peak Trail Road. It's another 0.4 miles to the trailhead parking area.