Laguna Mountains: Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf

Located just north of Yuma, Arizona are the Laguna Mountains. Nestled between the Gila Gravity Canal (more on that coming soon!), the Colorado River, the Yuma Proving Grounds, and US 95 the Lagunas are a roughly circular range of scrubby, barren hills. We’re camped right near “Sugarloaf,” a 668′ chunk of rock presiding over western edge of the Lagunas so yesterday F and I decided to head up and check out the view.

Green Rocks

We approached the mountain via a big wash to the northwest of the peak doing a bit of exploring as we circled around to the southeast to climb the peak. Some sources say to take along a rope if you’re going to the summit but we found it to be a very simple scramble to the top.

F and Sugarloaf

F on Sugarloaf

At the summit, we were treated to big views all around the Yuma area: looking northeast we could see Castle Dome, back to the east were the Muggins Mountains, to the southeast the Gila Mountains and Tinjas Altas, to the southwest Pilot Knob, to the west the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, and to the south the smog of San Luis, Mexico.

Sugarloaf Benchmark Army Corps of Engineers

Plus, we could see where the All-American Canal headed west towards the Imperial Valley, where the Colorado River cut through the Yuma Valley, and all the lush green agricultural fields.

Valley views

View from Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf

F on volcanic ridge

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