Appendicitis Hill WSA Loop

Total Miles


2,305.40 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This 9.5-mile track takes you further into the Appendicitis Hill Wilderness Study Area, and to an elevation of 7550 feet. Opportunities for backpacking, hiking, wildlife viewing, climbing, sightseeing, and photography are available here. The area is steep and rugged, so some of these activities are challenging. The views from the high ridges and peaks are spectacular.

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Appendicitis Hill WSA Loop
Appendicitis Hill WSA Loop
Appendicitis Hill WSA Loop


Through mid-May you may find snow on the trails, and if it's rained recently, it will be muddy. Otherwise, a pretty easy trail with fantastic views.


Appendicitis Hill got its name from a USGS surveyor, T.M. Bannon, who suffered an attack of appendicitis while surveying the peak. BLM manages roughly 22K acres in the Appendicitis Hill Wilderness Study Area. This area also includes Crawford Peak, at 8500 feet, overlooking Antelope Valley.

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Access Description

From North Front Street in Arco, go west on Sunset Drive. Sunset Drive turns into Aikele Road. Follow Aikele to North 3535 West and turn right. Follow N 3535 W past two farm sections, and turn left onto Hammond Canyon Road to Appendicitis Hill Spur #1. There is room to stage where this track begins. Follow Hammond Canyon Road to where this track begins.

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