Grandview Benchmark

Grandview Benchmark 7,540′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 1.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 400′ Trailhead: FR 310 Companions: Holly, Brian Joseph Continued…. Grandview Lookout Tower is one of four Lookout Towers in Grand Canyon National Park. Originally constructed in the 1930s, the tower is hidden in the forest a few miles […]

Berry Butte

Berry Butte 5,682′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.1 Elevation Gain: 2900′ Trailhead: Grandview Point, pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly, Brian Joseph Berry Butte is one of the ‘newest buttes’ in the Grand Canyon, only officially named in 1998. One of the dozen plus non-technical south rim summits with […]

Spruce Mountain

Spruce Mountain 7,696′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,700′ Trailhead: Woods Creek Trail #307, pit toilets Companions: Brian Joseph, Holly Continued…. Spruce Mountain Lookout is one of four fire lookouts in the Bradshaw Mountains above Prescott. Built in 1936 by the CCC, it is still staffed during peak wildfire […]

Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte 6514′ Prescott National Forest Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.6 Elevation Gain: Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Thumb Butte Trail, full services, fee required Companions: Brian Joseph, Holly   Along with Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte is probably Prescott’s most well known natural landmark. A quick online search of “Things To Do in Prescott” […]

Barry Goldwater Peak

Barry Goldwater Peak Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.3 Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class I Trailhead: Goat Camp Trail, $6 entry. Full services. The White Tank Mountains form the western boundary of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun, with the McDowells and Superstitions to the east, the Sierra Estrellas and Hayes Peak to […]

Mount Davis

Mount Davis 12,303′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 2 days (backpack) Elevation Gain: ~8,000′ Roundtrip Mileage: 30.4 Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Rush Creek, full services Companions: Holly Mount Davis is a 12K summit in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near the southeastern border of Yosemite. Serving as a backdrop for the Sierra’s famous Thousand Island Lake, the […]

Oza Butte and Widforss Overlook

Oza Butte 8068′ and Widforss Overlook 7960′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,800′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Widforss Point Trail- trash, pit toilet. Continued… Oza Butte, a Paiute word for a narrow necked basket, is the first of many Grand Canyon summits that have bested me […]