Appendicitis Hill WSA Spur #7

Total Miles


2044.53 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall



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Trail Overview

This 2-mile RT dead-end spur explores one more area of the Appendicitis Hill Wilderness Area. 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.


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. If you can see snow on the peaks, the melt and run-off isn't over.


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 St. in Arco, go west on Sunset Drive. Sunset Dr 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 the Appendicitis Hill Loop Trail. Follow it to Spur #6, which you're only on for a short while, then take a right onto Hammond Canyon To Spur #7. Follow that trail to this spur.