Tom's Thumb

Tom’s Thumb

Tom’s Thumb 3925′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1450′ Crux: West Corner- 5.2, Kreuser’s Route- 5.4 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH- trash, toilets, no water Before moving to Phoenix, my sister bought me the popular book “60 Hikes in 60 Miles from Phoenix.” As I thumbed through […]

The Flatiron

The Flatiron

The Flatiron 4861′ and Point 5024′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class III Companions: Holly, Cara Whittingham, Steve Whittingham Trailhead: Siphon Draw- water, toilets, $7 fee The Flatiron (I believe pronounced FLAT-EE-RON) is a Phoenix icon. Towering over Apache Junction SE of the city, rock spires […]

Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain 7061′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1900′ Trailhead: Cedar Mountain Rd. near Desert View Companions: Holly Cedar Mountain, located in the Southeast corner of Grand Canyon National Park, is one of the few summits within the park that has the appearance of a true […]

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Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain 6506′ Sedona Area Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1800′ Trailhead: Bear and Doe Mountain THs- trash, pit toilets, $5 RR pass required Companions: Holly Bear Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona, and one of the easier hikes to bring you up to the Mogollon Rim. […]

Four Peaks

Browns Peak

Browns Peak 7657′ and Brother Peak 7642′ Total Time: 5.5 hrs Roundtrip Mileage: 6.4 Elevation Gain: 2800′ Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Lone Pine TH, no amenities The Four Peaks are a Phoenix icon. Towering to the east in Tonto National Forest, they are by far the highest peaks in the Phoenix skyline and high enough to […]

Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison 12,241′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 7 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4600′ Crux: Class II-III Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: Convict Lake- trash, water, toilets, general store Continued….. My final day of peakbagging in the Sierras was a summit I had been eyeing for a very long time. Mount Morrison is a prominent […]

Mount Hoffmann.

Mount Hoffmann

Mount Hoffmann 10856′ Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class I Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: May Lake- trash, pit toilets Continued…. Day 4 was supposed to be the big dayhike of Split Mountain, allowing Justin a chance to acclimate before the monster dayhike, and not killing ourselves right before […]