Vulture Peak Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wickenburg, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is best used from February until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Very easy access not requiring a 4wd vehicle. Trail to base of mountain is very nice and the switchbacks made it available to anyone. Once at the saddle it was easy to ascend to the top and take in the awesome view. Also some cool little caves and boulders to explore- all the while dreaming of beer back in Wickenberg. I give this trail 5 stars due to accessibility, trail quality, with a bonus scramble to the top of Vulture Peak with blustery views of the surround ing areas.
Last part up to the peak is a scramble, but doable. Nice view from the top. We hiked from the lower parking which is accessible to all cars.
this trail is my favorite trail yet outside if Sedona or flagstaff. the views are gorgeous and the hike was unmanicure (which I loved).
moderate trail until the last 25%, then the "hard" part kicks in. amazing view & worth every minute
Map link location for start point in-accurate. Trail start point not next to road. Required a gravel drive in past a few rv's .. The key to stay on trail across and past washes and such ...trail will have fence with metal v type thing that you step over look for that. Download map ahead of time. Second the drive to the turn off not correct drive past what it tells you follow Tar road drive south will take a hard left turn off to your left is right there. Drive about 500 yrds the little roof type thing you should see the fence with the v metal step over. If you can't find that you will be disappointed. Good luck ok hike ,, over look standard AZ . Trail Footing is good, download map. Did I say download map lol
Great short hike! There are two trailheads: one in the main parking area (by the little gazebo) which will take you through a couple of miles of desert and wash before you get to the climb, or the upper trailhead (through the gate, down into the wash, straight across the ridge in front--follow the tracks--into the second wash, then take a left. You'll see where the trail rises out of the wash again, and it's easy to follow from there. Definitely need 4wd to get there.) The upper trailhead is right at the start of the climb, but I honestly enjoyed the first trailhead and the quiet walk through the desert. Even if you only hike to the saddle, which doesn't require any scrambling, the views are worth it.
Tried to hike Vulture Peak today, but there is no signage for the trailhead, and after three miles, Vulture Peak Road turns into a Jeep trail. I turned back before ever finding the trailhead. After studying the map at the URL below, I think I know where the trailhead is. There's a cattle guard along the road about a mile-and-a-half in, and I think that might be the spot. Best of luck if you decide to try this without an ATV or 4x4 with high clearance.
Rugged, beautiful hike. Saw a rattlesnake, millipede, and dozens of vultures. Be sure to explore the top well. There are shallow caves to check out.
Beautiful hike with some rock climbing to reach the peak...