Goldmine Mountain

Goldmine Mountain 2463′ San Tan Mountains Regional Park Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class II Trailhead: Skyline Trailhead ($6), pit toilets Companions: Holly The San Tan Mountains are a small range about 45 minutes Southeast of Phoenix. Although the range has only a handful of summits, the range stands tall […]

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 […]

Cheops Plateau and Cheops Pyramid

Cheops Plateau 5401′ and Cheops Pyramid 5206′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 15:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 25 miles Elevation Gain: 11,100′ Crux: Cheops Plateau- Class IV, Cheops Pyramid- Class III Trailhead: Yaki Point/ South Kaibab Trail. Water, pit toilets, trash, shuttle bus   I had been somewhat disappointed in how little I had made it […]

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 […]