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 […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 3370’ Southern Arizona Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 Total Elevation Gain: 1350’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Hunter Trail in Picacho State Park. Park and campgrounds near Trailhead Companions: Holly, Cara and Steve Whittingham After Camelback and Mount Humphreys, Picacho Peak is probably the next most famous summit in Arizona. It […]