Hello! Coordinating my first ever ORP run! The intent of this run is to be a sunset run/star gazing/night run.
We’ll be exploring beautiful Harquahala Mountain, the tallest peak in SW Arizona. With this trail, you can drive all the way to the summit (3,360ft climb, summit at 5,600ft)! Trail length is 11mi up, 11mi back.
The goal of this trip is to:
- Hit the top about 1 hour prior to sunset
- Explore an amazing historical site dating back to 1880
- Get blown away by sunset and the views
- Freak out over naked-eye views of the Milky Way
- Have a fun night ride back down to the staging area
Meet-up: 3:30 PM in the staging area
There is a vault toilet located at the staging area, but no other services.
3:30pm - Meet at Staging Area
4:00pm - Depart - En route we’ll stop a few times for photos/pit stops
5:45pm - Arrive at Summit - This should be Golden Hour with some gorgeous directional light from the sun for photos
6:18pm - Sunset
7:15pm - we’ll be in astronomical twilight and begin to see glorious, naked-eye views of the Milky Way by 7:35pm
10:30pm - Begin to make our way back down the mountain
Midnight - Approx staging area return time
This trip is subject to cancellation or postponement due to rain or inclement weather.
For those that like to camp, there are a handful of suitable dry camping RV sites at the base of the mountain. There are also sites along the trail in several places in addition to space at the summit of the mountain. NO water, no trash, no power.
***Please note that we will technically still be in monsoon season - overnighting at the summit brings wind and lightning risk.
- Water & Food
(pack a sunset picnic dinner!)
- Dress in layers (its
20 degrees cooler
at the summit and can be windy)
- Folding chairs
- Camera with a tripod (try your hand at some astrophotography)
- Flashlights/Lanterns (we will have them off during star gazing to preserve our night vision)
- Telescope (got one? Bring it out! I plan to bring one of mine)
- Emergency supplies / Med Kit
- No facilities, plan accordingly
This trail is suitable for beginner for 4x4 enthusiasts.
Be advised there are a few steep climbs with loose rock and some mild off-camber areas. Our descent will be back long the same trail where engine compression and well-maintained brakes will come in handy.
* All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance)
* Have functional seat-belts for each occupant
* Must have suitable recovery points front and rear
* Each vehicle must have a CB Radio or a Ham Radio in good working order
* High-clearance 4x4's with low-range
* 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires
***I also highly recommend auxiliary lighting on your rig for the night run portion of this ride.
Skid plates on important areas such as transfer-case & gas-tank, rock-rails, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, trimmed wheel wells, low axle gearing, upgraded axle shafts, 4:1 transfer case, 33"+ tires, custom roll-cage.
Due to parking constraints at the site, this trip is limited to 11 total rigs. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to still go.
Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and we'll put you on the roster!
6. MzPriss & ChersDad