GENERAL INFORMATION: Vulture Peak Trail, seven miles south of Wickenburg, Arizona, is a short but steep trail that takes hikers from the base of Vulture Peak (2,480 feet) to a saddle (3,420 feet) just below the summit in only two miles. From this point, experienced hikers can scramble up an extremely steep and narrow chute to the summit of Vulture Peak itself (3,660 feet). The final ascent is not maintained and should be attempted only by experienced and well-conditioned hikers.
Vulture Peak Trail meanders through classic Sonoran Desert landscapes, including dense stands of saguaro, ocotillo, cholla, and other cactus varieties; crosses wide desert washes; and offers dramatic scenic vistas of rugged desert mountain ranges and valleys in all directions.
ACCESS: Vulture Peak Trail is accessed by two trailheads. The primary trailhead is suitable for passenger cars and may be reached by the paved Vulture Mine Road from Wickenburg. An upper trailhead, suitable only for 4-wheel-drive vehicles, is near the base of Vulture Peak and may be reached by following the posted primitive dirt road from the primary trailhead.
FACILITIES: The primary trailhead offers parking for 15 vehicles. The 4-wheel-drive trailhead offers parking for four vehicles. No other facilities, including water or trash collection, are provided.
MAPS: Vulture Peak Trail is not mapped, however, the route is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute topographic maps entitled "Vulture Peak, Ariz." and "Vulture Mine, Ariz."
- Vulture Peak Trail receives the greatest use in October-April. At other times, the trail receives little use. Always tell a friend or relative where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Drinking water is not provided at vulture Peak Trailhead, so bring plenty.
- Nearby Syndicate Wash is prone to heavy rains and flash floods. Do not attempt to cross flooded washes.
- You may encounter rattlesnakes or other poisonous creatures. Watch for them and be careful where you put your hands and feet. Do not harass reptiles -- most bites result from people playing with, collecting, or attempting to kill them.
Hassayampa Field Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929
Phone: (623) 580-5500
Fax: (623) 580-5580
Field Manager: Rem Hawes
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M-F