Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte 6514′ Prescott National Forest Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.6 Elevation Gain: Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Thumb Butte Trail, full services, fee required Companions: Brian Joseph, Holly   Along with Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte is probably Prescott’s most well known natural landmark. A quick online search of “Things To Do in Prescott” […]

Barry Goldwater Peak

Barry Goldwater Peak Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.3 Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class I Trailhead: Goat Camp Trail, $6 entry. Full services. The White Tank Mountains form the western boundary of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun, with the McDowells and Superstitions to the east, the Sierra Estrellas and Hayes Peak to […]

Mount Ajo

Mount Ajo 4808′ Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3050′ Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Bull Pasture Trail Continued… Mount Ajo is the crown jewel of Organ Pipe National Monument. The highest summit in the park, Ajo rises 4000′ above the desert just a few miles north of […]

Kino Peak

Kino Peak 3197′ Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: ~13 miles Elevation Gain: 2400′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Bates Well Road, no services, high clearance needed Kino Peak is arguably the most dangerous peak in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section (DPS) Peak List. The danger doesn’t stem from the typical hazards of a remote […]

Castle Dome Peak

Castle Dome Peak 3788′ Castle Dome Mountains Total Time: 3:25 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: High Clearance Road beyond Castle Dome Mine Museum, (4WD not necessary, just high clearance) Castle Dome Peak is one of nine┬ásummits in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List (DPS) in Arizona. I had […]

Tom’s Thumb

Tom’s Thumb 3925′ McDowell Mountains Total┬áTime: 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 […]