Mohave County Highpoint Trip Report
Hualapai Peak (8,415 ft)
Date: April 19, 2006
Author: Mike Murphy
I wanted to spend the Easter break with my daughter camping in Arizona.
We camped and birded in the northwestern parts of the state around Kingman.
The first day we went to the bottom of the Grand Canyon via Peach Springs Road on
the Hualapai Indian Reservation. That night, we camped at Hualapai Mountain
County Park (6400-foot elevation), 15 miles south of Kingman. The campgrounds
were very nice, it was quiet, had flush toilets, and the variety of bird life
was well above average.
The next morning we parked at the highest part of the public campground and
walked the route described by Scott Surgent. It was a long hike by our
standards but well worth it. The vertical rock climb at the end of the old road
was way beyond what we were willing to do to get to the top. If it had not been
for the trip report that I had printed and brought with us we would likely not
have made the summit.
The structure that was evidently there at one time is gone. The only traces we
found of it were scraps of old roofing material. Following Scott Surgentsís
recommendation we went back down two switchbacks from the end of the road and
hiked up a draw to the top. An interesting thing we observed that was not in
any of the previous trip reports was the huge, precariously balanced, house-
sized rock near the summit that looks like it could fall at any time (You have
to walk right under it). It is visible from more than a mile away.
There isn't much keeping it up there.
Some day it will join the many other large boulders lower on the mountain.
One other interesting observation was the thousands of lady bugs grouped at the summit.
I have seen concentrated groups of lady bugs in Mendocino County,
California but not in the quantities we encountered on Hualapai Peak.
The top is a large boulder that I was not comfortable standing on,
so I sat on it and took a 360 degree panoramic shot with my camera.
We hiked back on the roadway through the Boy Scout Camp (Levi-Levi) and down
past the radio towers. Taking the road back down, it turned out, was no easier
than returning on the "Potato Patch Loop" which was the trail we took going up
to the top.