Blue Peak

Blue Peak Lookout Arizona Alpine Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Total Time: 1:20 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 650′ Class I Trailhead: Blue Peak Lookout Trail Continued… Greenlee County is a small sliver of land in far Eastern Arizona bordering New Mexico, and is AZ’s second smallest county after Santa Cruz County in the south. The county is […]

Escudilla Mountain

Escudilla Mountain 10,877′ Arizona Alpine Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Total Time: 2:40 Roundtrip Mileage: 6.6 Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I Trailhead: Escudilla Mountain Trail   Continued… Escudilla Mountain sits in far eastern Arizona near the New Mexican border. At over 10,000′, it is the third highest major summit in the state behind the Humphreys Peak group […]

Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy 11,421′ Arizona Alpine Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Total Time: 8:20 Roundtrip Mileage: 16.5 Elevation Gain: 5200′ Class I Trailhead: East Baldy Trail, no services Arizona is a state better known for its’ desert, not its’ alpine. Even though the beautifully varied state has deep canyons, sky island mountains and raw Sonoran desert, not much […]

Woodchute Mountain

Woodchute Mountain 7840′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I Trailhead: Woodchute Trail #102 Woodchute Mountain in Central Arizona is a broad plateau standing over Verde Valley. The remnants of an ancient volcano, Woodchute is one of Arizonas’s 73 summits with over 2000′ of prominence, a list […]

Browns Peak

Browns Peak 7657′ and Brother Peak 7642′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine 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 […]

Mormon Mountain

Mormon Mountain 8510′ Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1300′ Class I Trailhead: Mormon Mountain Trail from Dairy Springs Companions: Holly As the temperatures rise in the valley, one of the few nearby escapes from the heat is up to the Flagstaff area to higher elevations. While […]

Mount Wrightson

Mount Wrightson 9453′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 5:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4575′ Class I Trailhead: Madera Canyon: Old Baldy Trail; pit toilets, trash, fee required Mount Wrightson is the largest mountain visible from Tucson, rising to over 9400’ from the desert floor. It had been on my to do list for some […]