Northeast of Hummingbird Springs, which sits near the middle of this Wilderness, a colorful escarpment, Sugarloaf Mountain, climbs steeply from the Tonopah Desert to 3,418 feet and lends this area remarkable scenic value. Over eight miles of the Big Horn Mountains are included in this Wilderness. Here you'll find hills and washes and bajadas abounding with saguaro, ocotillo, cholla, paloverde, and mesquite, habitat for desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and desert tortoise. Kit foxes and Gila monsters race along the ground while Cooper's hawks, prairie falcons, and golden eagles rule the skies. Without maintained trails, the area can be backpacked easily, and primitive campsites abound. The water from Hummingbird Springs runs into a catchment accessible via a non-Wilderness jeep trail slicing into the area from the southern boundary. This jeep trail is all that separates Hummingbird Springs Wilderness from Big Horn Mountains Wilderness to the south.

off road driving
10 months ago

This is primarily a four wheel drive adventure, with an easy wilderness hike at the end. Only short wheelbase, high clearance 4WD vehicles should attempt this. The road is very rough and signage is sparse. There are quite a few steep rocky washes that require slow and careful navigation. Panoramic views of the mountains in all directions and a real wilderness experience make the 141/2 mile off-road trek to the trail-head worthwhile.

Directions: From Phoenix, take I-10 west to exit 81, Salome Road, go west 9.6 mi. Turn right onto Eagle Eye Rd, go 3.7 mi, The 4WD trail is on the right, designated by a small brown BLM marker "FR 9349". Stay on FR 9349 for 13 miles, then turn left (north) onto an unmarked gravel road for another 1.5 mi to the trail-head gate. There is no BLM marker at the intersection, we built a cairn with a white cooler top to mark the turn. It takes 1.5-2 hrs to go the last 14.5 miles.

off road driving
Friday, March 31, 2017

Easy hike. The drive to the trailhead is the hard part! Take FR 94349 from Eagle Eye Road (Aguila or Tonopah). It's about 14-1/2 miles to the trailhead. Took us two hours in a 4wd truck. The hike is more of a walk down an old road. Some ruins and the old tank and the base of the windmill are all that's left there. Go in March for amazing wildflowers!