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 […]

Mount Wrightson

Mount Wrightson 9453′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 5:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4575′ Class I Trailhead: Madera Canyon: Old Baldy Trail; pit toilets, trash, fee required Mount Wrightson is the largest mountain visible from Tucson, rising to over 9400’ from the desert floor. It had been on my to do list for some […]

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 […]

Miller Peak

Miller Peak 9,466’ Arizona Alpine Huachuca Mountains Total Time: 7 hours Round Trip Mileage: 12.2 Total Elevation Gain: 4050’ Class I Trailhead and amenities: Miller Canyon- trash, no water or toilets. For a relatively obscure peak, Miller Peak has a lot going for it. It is the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, one of […]