Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte 5451′ and Bell Rock 4919′ Sedona Total Time: 9 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2300′ Crux: 5.6 on Courthouse Butte (South Bowl Route) and 5.8 and Bell Rock (Kamps Route) Trailhead: Bell Rock Vista- full services except water, Red Rocks Pass required Companions: Alex Wallace Sedona features some of the most impressive […]

Red Butte Mountain

Red Butte Mountain 7326′ Grand Canyon National Park-ish Total Time: 1:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 920′ Crux: Class 1 Trailhead: Red Butte Trail, no services Continued… Red Butte Mountain is the most striking summit along AZ Route 64 from Williams to the South Rim. I had passed by it nearly every time I went to the […]

Fossil Mountain

Fossil Mountain 6729′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 1:15 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.0 Elevation Gain: 800′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Havasupai point, no services Continued…. Fossil Mountain may be the easiest Grand Canyon summit on the south rim. With only a mile of cross country, a couple hundred feet of elevation gain, and essentially no scrambling, […]

Mount Huethawali and Fiske Butte

Mount Huethawali 6281′ and Fiske Butte 4748′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 14.0 Elevation Gain: 4550′ Crux: Difficult class 3 Trailhead: South Bass, no services Mount Huethawali (pronounced Wee-the-wali) boasts one of the finest views of any summit in the Western Grand Canyon National Park. The peak is located just […]

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle 4553′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Crux: ~5.5 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Peralta Trailhead- trash, pit toilets The Superstitions are the most legendary mountains in the American Southwest. A combination of federal and state land, the extremely rugged range is said the contain a the […]

Mount Ajo

Mount Ajo 4808′ Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3050′ Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Bull Pasture Trail Continued… Mount Ajo is the crown jewel of Organ Pipe National Monument. The highest summit in the park, Ajo rises 4000′ above the desert just a few miles north of […]

Kino Peak

Kino Peak 3197′ Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: ~13 miles Elevation Gain: 2400′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Bates Well Road, no services, high clearance needed Kino Peak is arguably the most dangerous peak in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section (DPS) Peak List. The danger doesn’t stem from the typical hazards of a remote […]