Smith Peak

Smith Peak 5242′ and Bullard Peak 3124′ Harcuvar Mountains Total Time: 2:30 Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,750′ Trailhead: Smith Peak Road, high clearance, no services The Harcuvar Mountains are a long, remote desert range running from northwest to southeast about 1.5 hours from Phoenix. They are one of only a handful ranges in the […]

(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 […]

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 […]