Road Less Traveled | Harquahala Mountain
Arizona is known for many tourist hotspots – the world famous Grand Canyon being one of these. Another rather underrated site is that of the Harquahala Mountain which is 3360 above the desert floor and the peak of the mountain sits between Phoenix and Los Angeles. The name Harquahala is derived from the Native American people in the region called Aha qua hala which, when translated into English means, water that is high up. This is one of the largest desert mountains in the state of Arizona and it reaches a high point of 5691 ft. in the western side on the Haraquahala peak itself.
Historically, the mountain was used by the Smithsonian Institute which studied the impact and effects of the sun on the climatic conditions of planet Earth and mules were used to bring up supplies. You can still see the mule tracks today. For those of you interested in camping, you could take your camping packs and beds with you but be sure to bring lots of water, as there are no water sources here. It would be better for you to visit during the winter months as opposed to summer because it gets extremely hot that time of the year.
Getting to the Harquahala Mountain isn’t a difficult feat – you could get here on a four-wheeler without any qualms. At the highest point of the mountain you get a panoramic view of the desert and of other mountains surrounding the Harquahala Mountain itself.