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 […]

Humphreys Peak via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge

Humphreys Peak 12633′ via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Area Total Time: 8:30 Round trip mileage: ~9 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Companions: Sean McAdams Trailhead: Agassiz Lodge, full amenities When it comes to alpine climbing in Arizona, Humphreys Peak is unmatched. As the highest mountain in the state, it dominates the landscape, towering […]

Mazatzal Peak

Mazatzal Peak 7903′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine Total Time: 10 hours Round Trip Mileage: 13.2 Elevation Gain: 4300′ Class II Trailhead and Amenities: Barnhardt Trailhead, no facilities Companions: Garrett, Kristin and Dexter from Bendhiker.com The Mazatzal Mountains form a spine of 7,000′ peaks to the east of Phoenix, running roughly 100 miles from Theodore […]

Elden Mountain

Elden Mountain 9299’ Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Total Time: 3:30 Round Trip Mileage:  5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2500’ Class I Trailhead and Amenities: Elden trailhead off Highway 89A. No amenities. Companions: Holly In Northern Arizona around Flagstaff sits the San Francisco Volcanic field, covering 1800 sq miles of the Southern Colorado Plateau with over 600 distinct […]