The Hand

The Hand- Razor’s Edge Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Round Trip Mileage: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1050′ Crux: 5.6 Trailhead: Cholla TH- pit toilets, trash. Companions: Frank Vers, Chris Curtis, Phillip Steele, Brandon Swezey, Susan Nader, AJ Chakraborty, Melanie Thomas When I moved to Arizona (and finally had my weekends free again), I decided […]

Picketpost Mountain

Picketpost Mountain 4375′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 3:30 Mileage: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Class III Trailhead: Picketpost, pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly One of the many scenic drives in Arizona is the US-60 from Phoenix to Superior. The highway weaves around the southern edge of the Superstition Mountains, through canyons and tunnels, […]

Battleship Mountain

Hackberry Mesa 2793′, Battleship Mountain 2797′, Yellow Peak 3061′ and Black Mesa 3097′ Superstition Mountains/ Tonto National Forest Roundtrip Mileage: 17.2 Elevation Gain: 3650′ Total Time: 10 hours Crux: Class III Trailhead: First Water Trailhead, pit toilets I hadn’t had a hike in a while that really kicked my ass- a sunup to sundown day […]

Superstition Peak

Superstition Peak 5057′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 8.3 Elevation Gain: 3800′ Class III Trailhead: Carney Springs, no amenities The Superstition Mountains are the most rugged, if not the most famous, range of mountains in AZ. Forming a wall to the SE of Phoenix, the range is comprised of dramatic cliffs, […]

Mount Peeley

Mount Peeley 7030′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 2.5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I with cross country Trailhead: Mount Peeley/ Cornucopia, no amenities Companions: Holly I wanted to give Holly a taste of Tonto National Forest before snow covered the high country, so we set out to climb Mount […]

Mazatzal Peak

Mazatzal Peak 7903′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine Total Time: 10 hours Round Trip Mileage: 13.2 Elevation Gain: 4300′ Class II Trailhead and Amenities: Barnhardt Trailhead, no facilities Companions: Garrett, Kristin and Dexter from Bendhiker.com The Mazatzal Mountains form a spine of 7,000′ peaks to the east of Phoenix, running roughly 100 miles from Theodore […]