Gavilan Peak - West Route

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Gavilan Peak - West Route is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near New River, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until April.

0.9 miles
731 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers



no shade

From the parking area, there is an obvious use trail that heads directly upslope, staying north of the ridgeline. After about 0.25 miles, it flattens a bit a traverses beneath the ridgeline rocks. Continue on the trail to the base of a class II gully, following this up, trying to keep with the trail. At the top of the steeper portion of the gully, the trail continues to traverse east, staying off the ridgeline up until the high saddle. From here there are two options. You can climb the class III-IV ridgeline directly. The moves are quite solid and should really not be over class III, although the exposure to the south is significant. The easier option continues to follow the trail that skirts the ridgeline rocks, entering a loose class II gully, and following a grassy, steep ridge to the top. This gully is a bit steeper and looser than the gully lower down.

1 month ago

Wow is this a beautiful and unique hike. It’s a steep but short assent to the top of the peak and prepared to use all fours (not caring bottles in hand).
Be prepared to become a mountain goat!

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