Twin Buttes

Twin Buttes 5558′ Sedona Total Time: 3:15 Round trip Mikeage: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2150′ Crux: Class 4 (East summit) Difficult class 3 (West summit) Trailhead: Broken Arrow Despite being in the middle of town, Twin Buttes is one of the lesser known summits in Sedona. Completely trail-less and unnamed on many maps, Twin Buttes […]

Whale Peak

Whale Peak 5349′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Petroglyphs Trail in Blair Valley Continued… Whale Peak sits in the center of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and is the high point of the Vallecito Mountains. Named for it’s likeness to the giant marine animal by ABDSP […]

Sombrero Peak

Sombrero Peak 4229′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 2:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2050′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: South Indian Canyon, no services Continued…. Sombrero Peak sits at the southern edge of Anza-Borrego State Park, a few miles north of the slightly less popular Jacumba Mountain. While they are similar in height and terrain, Sombrero sees […]

Jacumba Mountain

Jacumba Mountain 4512′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 3:50 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Mortero Palms, no facilities Continued…. Jacumba Mountain is the southernmost summit in California on the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List in the United States.  Only a few miles north of the US-Mexico border, Jacumba is at the […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 1930′ Chocolate Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1700′ Crux: Class 4 with aid climbing on the return Trailhead: Little Picacho Wash Continued…. Years ago when I first learned about the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section list, I started browsing through trip reports, and stumbled on a write up on Picacho Peak in […]

Castle Dome Peak

Castle Dome Peak 3788′ Castle Dome Mountains Total Time: 3:25 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: High Clearance Road beyond Castle Dome Mine Museum, (4WD not necessary, just high clearance) Castle Dome Peak is one of nine summits in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List (DPS) in Arizona. I had […]

Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain North 3312′ Total Time: 3:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Windcave Trail in Usery Mountains Regional Park, $6 entrance- water, trash, toilets Companions: Holly Usery Mountains Regional Park is a small county park bordering Tonto National Forest just to the northwest of the Superstition Mountains. Named for […]