Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte 6514′ Prescott National Forest Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.6 Elevation Gain: Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Thumb Butte Trail, full services, fee required Companions: Brian Joseph, Holly   Along with Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte is probably Prescott’s most well known natural landmark. A quick online search of “Things To Do in Prescott” […]

Barry Goldwater Peak

Barry Goldwater Peak Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.3 Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class I Trailhead: Goat Camp Trail, $6 entry. Full services. The White Tank Mountains form the western boundary of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun, with the McDowells and Superstitions to the east, the Sierra Estrellas and Hayes Peak to […]

Mount Davis

Mount Davis 12,303′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 2 days (backpack) Elevation Gain: ~8,000′ Roundtrip Mileage: 30.4 Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Rush Creek, full services Companions: Holly Mount Davis is a 12K summit in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near the southeastern border of Yosemite. Serving as a backdrop for the Sierra’s famous Thousand Island Lake, the […]

Oza Butte and Widforss Overlook

Oza Butte 8068′ and Widforss Overlook 7960′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,800′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Widforss Point Trail- trash, pit toilet. Continued… Oza Butte, a Paiute word for a narrow necked basket, is the first of many Grand Canyon summits that have bested me […]

Little Dragon

Little Dragon 8121′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 4 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.1 Elevation Gain: 1,360′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Random pulloff on Point Sublime Road, no services Continued…. Along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, a bit west of the Main Lodge and Bright Angel Point is the ‘Dragon Corridor.’ Named for […]

Saddle Mountain and Marion Point

Saddle Mountain 8424′ and Marion Point 6480′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 12.0 Elevation Gain: 6,050′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Saddle Mountain Trail, no services Saddle Mountain along the eastern edge of the North Rim, has the esoteric distinction of being the highest summit INSIDE of the canyon. Named for […]

Blue Peak

Blue Peak Lookout Arizona Alpine Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Total Time: 1:20 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 650′ Class I Trailhead: Blue Peak Lookout Trail Continued… Greenlee County is a small sliver of land in far Eastern Arizona bordering New Mexico, and isĀ AZ’s second smallest county after Santa Cruz County in the south. The county is […]