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 ┬áSpur 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 both […]

East End

East End 4067′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2150′ Class II Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH, water, bathrooms, trash Companions: Holly, Mark Sugi The McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale are somewhat of an anomaly to Arizona, a fairly young range with plenty of granite and some of the best. most […]

Hayes Peak

Hayes Peak 4512′ Sierra Estrella Mountains Total Time: 8 hours Round Trip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4200′ Class II “Trailhead”: Middle of nowhere in Rainbow Valley, off Ocotillo tract Of all the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, none are as striking as the Sierra Estrellas. The Sierra Estrellas, or Star Mountains, form a 40 mile […]