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 summits in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List (DPS) in Arizona. I had […]

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 […]

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. With a fire […]