Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain 6814′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 4:32 Roundtrip Mileage: 10.9 Elevation Gain: 3,400′ Crux: N/A Trailhead: Salt Flat/ Pine Mountain Wilderness, no services Pine Mountain in northern Tonto National Forest is an obscure and relatively hidden summit. The mountain slowly rises from broad grassy plateaus from the west, and is only visible from […]

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle 4553′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Crux: ~5.5 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Peralta Trailhead- trash, pit toilets The Superstitions are the most legendary mountains in the American Southwest. A combination of federal and state land, the extremely rugged range is said the contain a the […]

Geronimo Head

Geronimo Head 3509′ Superstitions Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.2 Elevation Gain: 2350′ Crux: Class II Trailhead: Tortilla Flat, full services Geronimo Head is a small summit in the northwestern Superstitions. Located just above Tortilla Flats, the cliffs of the western face drop dramatically into La Barge Canyon. I first noticed Geronimo Head during a […]

Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain North 3312′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 3:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Windcave Trail in Usery Mountains Regional Park, $6 entrance- water, trash, toilets Companions: Holly Usery Mountains Regional Park is a small county park bordering Tonto National Forest just to the northwest of the Superstition […]

Miners Summit

Miners Summit 3516′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Crux: Class II Trailhead: Peralta Trail- pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly I had made a pre- New Year’s Resolution to stop dragging Holly on hikes that the overwhelming majority of people would not enjoy. Many of my objectives […]

The Flatiron

The Flatiron 4861′ and Point 5024′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class III Companions: Holly, Cara Whittingham, Steve Whittingham Trailhead: Siphon Draw- water, toilets, $7 fee The Flatiron (I believe pronounced FLAT-EE-RON) is another Phoenix icon. Towering over Apache Junction SE of the city, rock spires […]

Browns Peak

Browns Peak 7657′ and Brother Peak 7642′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine Total Time: 5.5 hrs Roundtrip Mileage: 6.4 Elevation Gain: 2800′ Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Lone Pine TH, no amenities The Four Peaks are a Phoenix icon. Towering to the east in Tonto National Forest, they are by far the highest peaks in the Phoenix […]