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Very pretty trail. I recommend NOT bringing your dog though. Tons of cholla/jumping cactus on part of it, two of my dogs got severely pricked and we had to turn back. Went back with my friend and did the whole trail later...minus the pups! FYI: they were on leashes, the cacti were even on the trail.

rock climbing
21 days ago

I did this March 7th 2017. This is a awesome trip with 2 miles of easy trail followed by a very steep path to the saddle, about 800’ of gain in 0.6 miles.

At the saddle their are great views. I started mountaineering at age 20 and the gulley up to the summit has some risks. There are a few very steep short steps up slabs with very little holds. It’s friction climbing and there is exposure that there is enough air below you, that a fall could be fatal.

I would rate the 240’ gulley as class 2 with a few short exposed sections that are class 5.2. There is a great view from the summit and this is a peak i will be doing every year.

If your not comfortable on steep terrain please stop at the saddle. Another issue to be aware of is the gully is perfect for rattlesnakes, where there are crevices and brush. Also i expect in a matter of time a fall down the slabs. Because of this risk it’s best not to be directly below strangers in the gully.

Also they can dislodge rocks that can cause you significant injuries, because of the speed along with their weight. Wait until the gully is clear before ascending it.

I may sound like a overly cautious person, however this is because of four decades of climbing, i have responded to lots of accidents, when i was in mountain rescue.

To summarize, Vulture Peak offers a lot, and will be a yearly trip for me.

Ron

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. I didn’t see another hiker but I did it in Aug and it was 105 degrees. Pretty easy until you get to the end of the 4 wheeler trail and then it is a moderate climb until the last 1/4 mike to the saddle which is steep. Fun hike.

did not due entire loop, but made it up the river bed. did run into some water, but with bypasses was able to get a stock Isuzu hombre 2.2l with good tires to the end of the of the water. really enjoyed it.

There is no parking, no signs, no bathrooms, and it’s very easy to get lost even with a GPS. It was not a good hike. In addition we never saw Box Canyon. We had to turn around about 2 miles before we got to the other side of the loop because the trail ended. Nowhere on the trail is any signage. I would not recommend to hike there. Off-roading would be okay , but not hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

one of my favorite trails. the first mile and a quarter or so is in a wash then up a jeep trail. if you have a good 4x4 you could bypass this part. the actual climb starts easier and then gets continually steeper all the way to the saddle. from the saddle on up it gets delightfully rough, many parts are hand and feet climbing. be careful near the top there are two routes. today I tried the less exposed one and it was a class 5 climb for a short section, view from the top is worth it though.

Interesting hike where the river winds through a box canyon with water running despite hot and dry temps. Changes around every corner. Easy walking.

hiking
5 months ago

Great desert hike with elevation. Cactus flowers are in bloom. Beautiful view at the top!

off road driving
5 months ago

We came to see the Box Canyon. Don’t take the loop on the map!! Continue up the riverbed into a beautiful canyon with lots of shallow water crossings. Be sure to park and check out the little side canyon on the left. Next time I will record the route and go farther up. If expecting rain don’t go. 4x4 advised.

hiking
5 months ago

Its a great trail, the 3 stars is just because 5 stars is for the best. Ive claimed this one as my go to spot. It gets you going and is great for those trying to get in shape for longer hikes with steep terrain. Its free and really quiet. Explore the peak and do a bit of adventuring around. Well worth it! Cheers!

hiking
6 months ago

Great view from very top of Vulture Peak. I think I lost the trail and I scramble up to the top. I'll say a 5.5 climb

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful view at the saddle.

wouldn't bring your dog if you want to go all the way to the top, still an awesome hike to the saddle though.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this with my two teen daughters this morning. The weather was beautiful and even though there were lots of camps and trailers for ATVs on the way to the trailhead, the trail wasn't busy at all. We passed one side by side in the wash and met two ladies at the check point, that's it. Great hike and just challenging enough to feel like you've really accomplished something. Only downsides are that I don't love walking through sandy river bed and when much of the trail is ATV paths but since it was quiet, it was alright.

Ran this trail on Presidents Day. Was nice out and overcast and just a few sprinkles. The trail setting on the app was quite accurate once you hit past the old abandoned house and traveled north. Overall a fun trail with some challenges once you drop into the river bottom.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely amazing trail! The views from the mid point were very unexpected!

We started the trail from the Blue Tank Rd. The first 3/4 of the trail is fairly easy for a jeep. The last 2 miles of the trail will require further driving skills and ground clearance from your vehicle. Our Jeep with a 3"lift made it easier to go at some of the more challenging areas. The last mile is very scenic, the trail gets narrower with a greater downhill grade. Beware: Once at the end and approx.100 feet before hitting the Hassayampa River the trail there has a 3-3.5' drop that might somehow be challenging for some drivers and vehicles. Overall a very fun and scenic drive which we would definitely do again.

off road driving
8 months ago

I have been to this trail for the past two weekends and its so much fun. I follow the river north, most of it is sand and NO difficult parts to get throw except towards the end. I drive a 6" lifted full size truck with 4x4. For the most part i drive in 2WD no problems, only a couple of times i had to use my 4WD. Towards the end of the accessible trail there is a little stream and a couple puddles that are fun to go throw, just caution on the last one cause it is a good 12"+ deep...

hiking
8 months ago

Very impressed with this hike! Parked at the first trailhead and it added a bit more than an extra mile to my journey. Weather was ideal. Saw only 3 other hikers on my way up and about 6 more coming down. I only hiked to the saddle because I didn’t trust a steep unmaintained trail with my feet. Going up was waaaay easier than the trek down. Need good shoes and balance! Lots of scrambling over rocks but the views are so worth it!!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. One of my favorites outside the valley. Start early and you will miss the afternoon crowds. I think it meant to say best used October to March and not the other way because this trail is exposed and would be extremely hot in summer. I would not do it even with 3 liters of water. The snakes alone would deter me. It is a bit of a boulder scramble to the top of the mountain but it is not really hard. I wish I could’ve done the technical part I will save it for next time. Amazing views at the saddle. If a horseback rider I would not go past the gate at the 4x4 parking lot. Too technical for a horse with even a good rider. I only say that because we ran into some ladies on horses about to make their way up. There is really no where for a horse to turn around.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail. It is well marked. When you pull into the lot keep going another half mile to the trail head. When you reach the gazebo you are there. The last part of the trail is hard but worth the view at the top. Even in December it got a little warm in the afternoon in the sun. If you go to the top it is further than 3.8 miles probably closer to 4.5 - 5 miles round trip depending on how much exploring you do.

off road driving
8 months ago

Really enjoyed it the trail isn’t a problem for jeep had the most fun in the Box Canyon bottom. I have to say was surprised when I was exploring the Box Canyon found some beautiful scenery will be going again more to see. It was a great Christmas morning run!!!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trails took our dog's.

hiking
9 months ago

Was good hike. Harder when getting to the top. Loose rocks, but view was worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail a week ago. Its decent. Havent hiked in a while, so it kinda ripped me a new one.

Just choose a mountain and climb it, no matter how big or small!

off road driving
9 months ago

Compared to other reviews I'm not sure if we did something wrong, but the trail map does not start at the road entrance, so we ended up walking far before even starting the trail. This trail seems much longer than 2 miles (one way) and my father and I barely made it up the base and first elevation of the peak. Tons of Cholla cactus so beware, I got a small piece stuck to my shoe and tried to remove it but ended up with spines in my finger - super difficult to remove. Walking on river bed is a bit annoying unless you have shoes made for sand/dirt. I personally would go on this trail if I had an ATV, but not walking.

off road driving
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

The view at the top is something to see! You feel far away from everything.

off road driving
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

took jeep. would do again.

Had fun, moderate trail, pretty easy in the Jeep. Kids had fun playing in the water.

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