Hieroglyphic Mountain Loop

Wickenburg, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Hieroglyphic Mountain Loop
This route has many highlights. Make sure to bring the camera for great desert scape photos. The Boulder OHV area is free to use and offers camping, bathrooms, and an OHV practice arena for kids. Quickly you'll find an optional obstacle, a small-waterfall for some shenanigans that allows you to get some flex on. Just after the waterfall you will find an old windmill with a larger area to make a stop. This trail takes you through sandy washes and up to the tops of roller-coaster-like peaks with breathtaking views. This is a very narrow trail when climbing the high peaks that give a bit of the pucker factor with little to no room for turn arounds. You descend back down into the wash and end the loop where you began -- making it nice for vehicles that are towed to the trail head or if you are camping out.

Route Information

Technical Rating

( DIFFICULT )

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Waypoints

1. Boulder OHV Staging Area ( mi)
Staging area is free to camp in designated areas, with vault bathrooms and kiddie OHV riding arena.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: North Phoenix, Arizona, Interstate 17 & Carefree Highway

I-17 exit 223 for Carefree Highway. Head west for approximately 18 miles on Highway 74. The dirt road will be on your right about a half mile after mile marker 11, the road is very easy to miss. Dirt road LP6 leads you to Boulder OHV staging area.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I have family coming from MI and are interested in completing this loop. Their source of interest is finding actual Indian hyerglyphics. Is there any information you can provide/tips etc. along this trail to find these? Thanks, Jeff
–jeff (01/23/2017)
–jeff (01/23/2017)
–Bobby Nelson (01/23/2017)

Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region, exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas then pass on that knowledge to our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on challenging rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything, and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube. Xploremor YouTube
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