Cunningham Mountain

Cunningham Mountain¬†3316′ Sonoran Desert Total Time: 1:45 Round Trip Mileage: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1800′ Trailhead: Fire road near Copper Bottom Mine Cunningham Mountain is the highest peak in the Dome Rock Mountains, a small range southwest of Quartzite on the border near California. Despite their isolation, the range is surprisingly accessible, with numerous mines […]

Signal Peak

Signal Peak 4877′, Ten Ewe Mountain 4720′ Sonoran Desert, Kofa Mountains Total Time: 5:30 Round Trip Mileage: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3100′ Trailhead: Pulloff in Kofa Queen Canyon In December of 2013, on my way to an interview in Phoenix, I paid my first visit to Arizona’s Kofa Mountains (short for King of Arizona) in […]

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 ¬†Spur 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 […]

Orocopia Mountain

Orocopia Mountain 3815′ Sonoran Desert Total Time: 3:30 Round Trip Mileage: 6.9 Elevation Gain: 2000′ (300′ on the return) Class II Trailhead: Dirt road, nothing around. Companions: Holly The Orocopia Mountains are a seldom visited range south of Joshua Tree NP in the Colorado Desert in California. A subset of the larger Sonoran Desert, the […]

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 […]