Bridge Mountain

Bridge Mountain 6,940′ Red Rocks NRA Total Time: 7:00 Round trip Mileage: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4750′ Class III Trailhead: Rocky Gap Road (4WD required) West of Las Vegas, serving as a stunning backdrop to the Vegas Strip, is Red Rocks NRA, a playground for hikers, climbers, and tourists that have lost too much money […]

Thompson Peak

Thompson Peak McDowell Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Round trip mileage: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Class I Trailhead: Dixie Mine TH; flush toilets, water, $2/ person Companions: Holly Although not the highest mountain in the McDowells, Thompson Peak is the highest summit in the range with a legal trail to the top. With a fire […]

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, […]

Humphreys Peak via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge

Humphreys Peak 12633′ via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Area Total Time: 8:30 Round trip mileage: ~9 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Companions: Sean McAdams Trailhead: Agassiz Lodge, full amenities When it comes to alpine climbing in Arizona, Humphreys Peak is unmatched. As the highest mountain in the state, it dominates the landscape, towering […]

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 […]

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 […]