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 […]

Thompson Peak

Thompson Peak McDowell Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Round trip mileage: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Class I Trailhead: Dixie Mine TH; flush toilets, water, $2/ person Companions: Holly       Although not the highest mountain in the McDowells, Thompson Peak is the highest summit in the range with a legal trail to the top. […]

Elephant Mountain and Indian Fortress

Elephant Mountain 3926′ and Indian Fortress 3342′ Phoenix Area: Spur Cross Ranch, New River Mountains Total Time: 5:00 Round Trip Mileage: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Class III Trailhead: Spur Cross Ranch- $3/ person, pit toilets Companions: Holly Spur Cross Ranch is a relatively recent addition to the Maricopa County Parks system, 2,154 acres of […]

Gavilan Peak

Gavilan Peak 2980′ Phoenix Area Total Time: 1:30 Round Trip Mileage: 1.25 Elevation Gain: 1150′ Class III- IV (Class II variation on descent) Trailhead: Undeveloped lot off 35th Ave in New River   Along my many journeys headed north on I-17, I have always been fascinated with Gavilan Peak. The mountain is almost volcanic in […]