(Little) Granite Mountain

(Little) Granite Mountain 3,526′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 5:40 (with a large chunk of rock climbing a part of that) Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,300′ Crux: Class 2-3 (5.7 for Blue Sky on Pasta Wall) Trailhead: McDowell Preserve Granite Mountain Trailhead- no services In the less traveled northern portion of McDowell Sonoran Preserve sits […]

Woolsey Peak

Woolsey Peak 3171′ Total Time: 3:00 Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Agua Caliente Road, High Clearance required for the last 3 miles Woolsey Peak in central Arizona is a prominent dome shaped mountain on the skyline of Gila Bend and one of Arizona’s P2K summits. Visible from Phoenix and the […]

The Praying Monk

The Praying Monk 2,034′ Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 800′ Crux: 5.6 Trailhead: Echo Canyon, full services Companions: Holly, Emily, Alex Wallace The Praying Monk is a rite of passage for Phoenix rock climbers. Sitting on the northwest slopes of Camelback Mountain in central Phoenix, this free standing tower is named […]

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 […]

Gardeners Wall

Gardener’s Wall 3740′ and Rock Knob 2740′ Total Time: 4.0 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.3 Miles Elevation Gain: 3450′ Crux: Class IV on Glass Dome, Class III on Gardeners Wall and Rock Knob Trailhead: Toms Thumb- restrooms, trash, no water The McDowells have quickly and quietly become one of my favorite ranges in Arizona. With large […]

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak 2269′ Total Time: 2:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class III Trailhead: End of N. Stetson Pkwy. State trust land permit required ($20/ year) Companions: Holly Since the inception of this web site, I’ve tried not to write up any hikes within Phoenix city limits. The majority of these are well […]

Goldmine Mountain

Goldmine Mountain 2463′ San Tan Mountains Regional Park Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class II Trailhead: Skyline Trailhead ($6), pit toilets Companions: Holly The San Tan Mountains are a small range about 45 minutes Southeast of Phoenix. Although the range has only a handful of summits, the range stands tall […]