Woolsey Peak

Woolsey Peak

Woolsey Peak is northwest of Gila Bend, Arizona in the Gila Bend Mountains. This is an excellent area for hiking, mountain biking, and photography. It’s wide open country with superb views in every direction.

There are two wilderness areas here: Woolsey Peak Wilderness and the adjacent Signal Mountain Wilderness. BLM land lies to the north, east, and west of these wilderness areas and much of it is open to dispersed camping.

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Where in The World?

There’s plenty of open space for RV camping northwest of Gila Bend, Arizona and just north of Signal Mountain Wilderness and Woolsey Peak Wilderness off Agua Caliente Road on BLM land.

Camping Elevation: 980 feet

GPS Coordinates: N 33 15.274’ W 112 53.375’

Woolsey Peak Camping Area Map

Woolsey Peak RV Camping Journal

February 19, 2010

This area north of Woolsey Peak and Signal Mountain is beautiful! The Gila Bend Mountains are to the south and west, and more mountain ranges can be seen off in the far distance to the north and east.

There are no other campers that I can see, however there are many campsites with rock fire rings like the one I’m camped at now.

Recreation

Woolsey Peak

I took a mountain bike ride on some jeep roads to the base of Woolsey Peak. It looks like a difficult climb to the top. I’m not even sure if it can be summited without rock climbing gear. Much of the north side looks steep, almost vertical. Perhaps the west side can be hiked?

I took a long bike ride. I headed to the west side of Woolsey Peak along jeep trails, then I hiked in closer to Woolsey Peak. I would like to have climbed to the top of Woolsey, however this would require an overnight backpacking trip. I enjoyed great views from where I was though.

Webb Mountain

I hiked around to the east side of Webb Mountain. I left around 1:30 pm and got back around 5 pm. I hiked up to what I thought was the summit, then saw that here was a higher portion to the south. I may climb it another day. There were great views from the top of the shorter of the 2 peaks. I took a jeep road on the west side to get back down and took pictures along the way.

I took a hike on the east side of Webb Mountain. I tried to get closer to Woolsey Peak. It’s a long way around these mountains though. It’s better to take the jeep road around the west side of Webb Mountain.

Black Butte

I hiked to the top of Black Butte, 1,493 feet. It is north of Signal Mountain. It took 2 hours to get there from my campsite. I got some neat pictures with the sun shining through the gaps in the cloud cover.

Other Exploring

Once the weather cleared up I took a hike along a jeep road west of my campsite to a well with a windmill and a small pond. It looks like it was, or still is used for cattle. I took some pictures here and some more of the awesome sunset once back at my camper.

Weather

  • February 6: Around 70 today, mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles.
  • February 7: Rain last night, a few sprinkles tonight, very little though. It was definitely cooler today and windy, at around 20 mph. High was probably in the low 60s. It was partly cloudy.
  • February 8: Beautiful today, sunny with a high perhaps in the mid to upper 60s, just a slight breeze.
  • February 9: Nice, low to mid 60s for the high, mostly sunny, though a few clouds later in the afternoon.
  • February 10: Rainy most of the day. It cleared up some in the late afternoon. Highs only in the 50s and much cooler.
  • February 11: Very thick fog in the morning. It cleared up in a couple hours and was mostly sunny and nice the rest of the day. Highs were in the 60s.
  • February 12: Nice and sunny with highs in the mid 60s.
  • February 13: Very nice and sunny with a high in the low 70s.
  • February 14: Even nicer today with highs in the mid 70s, very calm, and no clouds. Perfect.
  • February 15: Just as nice as yesterday and perfect with a high in the mid 70s.
  • February 16: Sunny, no clouds, high in the mid 70s. It was a bit breezy, but calmed down later in the afternoon.
  • February 17: Perfect, high in the mid 70s and sunny all day.
  • February 18: Perfect again, mid 70s for the high and sunny all day.
  • February 19: Partly cloudy today and windy. It was still warm and nice. Mid 70s for the high.

RV Solar

My solar panel is charging the batteries fully every day, except perhaps on February 10th, a day with rain and clouds.

Woolsey Peak Video Slideshow

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