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hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I took the southern arm of the loop to see if there was even a trail there (there wasn’t). Fairly sketchy toward the end, as you have to climb over some obstacles to the right draw to get to your destination. The trail back (northern arm) was well marked. Every review that talks about the no trespassing signs is correct. They’re everywhere. I stopped in at the golf course to ask about a permit, but they were clueless. So just drive out. Take the road across from 41st street for sure, there are some hill on the four wheel drive roads you won’t make in a car. The wreckage site is very cool to see, the rock slides through the years have brought a lot of the debris down the wash. Sacred ground for sure, though. The summit is particularly awesome, as the American flag is the motivation to get there. There’s an ammo can for a geocache, I appreciated the Jack Daniels. I left a Clif Bar. Great views all around and peaceful. Nobody there today, as it was 105 degrees when I reached the summit. So.....avoid the so called trail on the app that is the southern arm. No trail. But it’s a great hike with some scrambling.

I have completed this hike many times and it's one of the most popular ones that I get asked about all the time. Unfortunately people underestimate the steepness and the ruggedness of the terrain. It includes some bouldering, lots of scree and ducking under bushes. Elevation gain is about 1000 feet for one mile. That said, even people in not so great shape can make it, but then I would recommend hiking poles, especially for the way back down. To make the hike easier, park right before the two arms of the loop divide or, if you dare driving through the deep wash, you can go about 300 yards further to park at the bottom of the steep hill. To reach that area, take the dirt road on the east side of 15E straight across from 41st Lane. For the hike, do NOT do the loop, but only follow the northern part of this route and then go back down the same way. The southern part of the loop is completely off trail, bouldering over knife-edge ridges and loose mountainsides and not recommended. The memorial site is about 2/3 up the mountain. The rest of the way up is usually unmarked, slippery scree until right under the summit, from where it is an easy scramble up. Beware bighorn rams, I have several friends who had encounters with them in that area, thankfully one party always retreated.

Sketchy, take a friend and plenty of supplies.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! Bring a buddy.

great hike, great view. If you don't have a sense of adventure then go do telegraph pass. You do have to earn the climb to the top. Go figure. If you want a paved walk up a hill the go do telegraph pass.

Great hike with a cool history lesson

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike with great views! Plenty of wildlife and wildflowers in March

Very beautiful trail, and easy to follow.

hiking
6 months ago

We had blue skies, nice temps and solitude, what more can one ask? Hike is in Muggins Wash (Cherry Stem 4WD Road) and Morgan Wash, across mountain hill sides, up and down slopes, thru slot canyon and some scrambling on boulders. On our lunch break we saw 5 Big Horn Sheep across Muggins Wash on mountain top. With zoom lens it looked like one of them had a collar on, maybe "Wilderness" is monitoring them. Enjoyed the slot canyon, though not too narrow and short. There was a little scrambling after it, but not for long and easy. We could see the "green" of Dome Valley from a few points along trail. Not as many wild flowers as we've seen in other areas of the Muggins, but Desert Sunflower, Phacelia, Desert Star, Rock Daisy and Popcorn Flower did add some color. The trail is narrow in places with loose rock. We did explore an area where there were some placer mines. Looked like a bulldozer had been here leveling land, making a trail. Not sure how it got here? We had the trail to ourselves except at the very last when we overtook another couple. We are 74/75 years old and had no problems except keeping on the correct trail. There are other trails and some erroneous cairns. We definitely used the way points provided by All Trails. I thing it is important to download these way points on either a phone or GPS to be able to stay on correct trail. All-in-all we enjoyed and spotting the Big Horn's made our day.

off road driving
private property
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Such gorgeous views! The canyon, uf, if that was the only thing to see on this hike it would be worth it still, BUT there is soooooo much!! Every corner it’s something else new and beautiful, I loved it. The reason for only 4 stars? It’s not very well marked.. I am a hiking noob and would have liked a better marked trail, pretty sure I got off the “trail” several times, and with no service, well. Fun lol..

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail, very scenic and views are spectacular! Great hike (even with my bad knee and hip) .. quite challenging so I had to take things a bit slower than most. Would nice if the trails were marked better .. I can see why some are apprehensive about taking these trails .. so afraid of getting lost. Still.. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Tip: take a photo of the map offered at the trailhead so you can look for the landmarks . Very helpful to make sure your heading the right way.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

I don’t recommend hiking this from the west side… We hiked it from the Jesters peak trail head heading east in attempt to intercept what we thought was a loop trail. We did our best and followed the wash up the red line shown in the app and it was extremely steep and loose and scary. Got to within a 100 yds of the flag from south side but found no safe way to get there from the ridge to the south and turned back. Not for the faint of heart or the tender of foot. The views were beautiful but I do not recommend hiking from this way… Perhaps from the other side has an actual trail? Have never been so excited to see our vehicle at the end of a hike. Very exciting for sure but don’t wish to repeat

This was a fun hike, really nice views. It took us 1hr 45 minutes to the top. We were the only ones there. Do not start at the border patrol station. Go down the main road to the next dirt road and you can drive to the base of the mountain. I will go again soon!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery a little like canyon lands in Utah. When at trailhead be sure to take trail behind(to the right) of sign. It’s a little difficult to follow if you don’t. Some cairns that you need to ignore as it will get you off trail. Small slot canyon is nice. Will definitely do many more times while in Yuma.

hiking
7 months ago

The hike is along a desert wash in a sort of canyon. Very pretty desert scenery. We did not complete the loop, bring lots of water and a fully charged phone if you are recording your hike as your phone will be searching for a signal. The trail is not well marked so pay close attention to the map at the trailhead or record with the alltrail app. This is the prettiest desert scenery I have seen around Yuma. There are no high views or vistas in the segment we hiked. The highlight on the west section of the loop is the very cool rock wall that has been sliced through by the desert wash. The trail was level for the most part but there are sections where you need to climb through some big rocks. Went with a 5 year old and he did fine on these sections, though he did fall a bit.

Tough hike and trail difficult to follow at times. Great views and a good workout.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a great hike! Variable terrain, amazing views from the high spots, profound desert silence, and not a lot of traffic. So far, it's my favorite hike in the Yuma area. I went East to go around the peak, you start off in the wash and a ways up the trail it heads up out of the wash over a saddle to the back side (North-ish side I believe). That part of the trail is narrow and parts of it are on a substantial slope, I had to watch my footing a bit (stopped to take in the views looking back into Dome Valley. Then you head around Muggins with Lonely Saguaro for companionship, the trail traverses the back slope, drops down into the wash again, and then back up over another saddle before dropping down into an amazing part of the wash that cuts through a mini rock chasm. I met no one on the trail until the end when a couple was heading in going the opposite direction. Highly recommended hike!

off road driving
9 months ago

this was the first trail i have ever done with my jeep jku it was such a nice ride the scenic views are amazing. would definitely do it again

I love this trail! It’s truly a challenge that rewards the hiker. The Crash Site is awe inspiring with parts of the B-17 bomber scattered across about 100 meters of almost vertical boulders and a memorial to the crew at the uppermost part of the debris. The Peak has one of the best views in Yuma; you can see all of the city of Yuma, Dome Valley, Castle Dome and Kofas, Jesters trail and Telegraph trail. Stay safe! Know your limits! Bring a solid pair of shoes, snacks, and plenty of water.

hiking
9 months ago

Truly enjoyable hike! I started late and did the last 2 miles by moonlight...that was challenging and I wouldn't recommend unless you know the trail...which I didn't...was my first time :-)

INTENSE!! Very challenging and a MUST using All Trails to follow hike route. It took me 5 hours to complete.

hiking
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Difficult with lots of boulders and loose rock, but well worth the climb. There's not much wreckage left after all these years, but there is an obvious debris field marked by a small flag. Landing gear, sheet metal, engine parts and misc pieces can be seen. There's a ammo box with a picture of the crew at the highest painted cross. After that it's about 200 feet to the summit. I entered off 15E and followed the orange ribbons marking the path to the base of the mountain.

Friday, March 16, 2018

North side of the loop is in a wash with lots of great rock formations,saw a ran sheep on the east side, missed the trail turn on the south side where it turns back toward the West. If you missed the turn you come to a vertical rock drop in the wash. Back track about 100 yards, the trail is in small wash on the left. South side is very open with great views.

hiking
Thursday, March 08, 2018

Well traveled trail goes 7.7 mi and one wash northwest of trail as seen on this map. The 5.2 mi as shown on above map was less traveled and vanished although was marked occasionally by cairns. Easy/hike. Enjoyable.

hiking
Friday, March 02, 2018

Wow!! Great hike I’m glade I did it but it was hard at the top! We went all the way to the flag!!!

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