Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain 7061′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1900′ Trailhead: Cedar Mountain Rd. near Desert View Companions: Holly Cedar Mountain, located in the Southeast corner of Grand Canyon National Park, is one of the few summits within the park that has the appearance of a true […]

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain 6506′ Sedona Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1800′ Trailhead: Bear and Doe Mountain THs- trash, pit toilets, $5 RR pass required Companions: Holly Bear Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona, and one of the easier hikes to bring you up to the Mogollon Rim. Located […]

Browns Peak

Browns Peak 7657′ and Brother Peak 7642′ Tonto National Forest 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 skyline and […]

Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison 12,241′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 7 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4600′ Crux: Class II-III Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: Convict Lake- trash, water, toilets, general store Continued….. My final day of peakbagging in the Sierras was a summit I had been eyeing for a very long time. Mount Morrison is a prominent […]

Mount Hoffmann

Mount Hoffmann 10856′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class I Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: May Lake- trash, pit toilets Continued…. Day 4 was supposed to be the big dayhike of Split Mountain, allowing Justin a chance to acclimate before the monster dayhike, and not killing ourselves […]

Mount Conness

Mount Conness 12589′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3550′ Crux: Class III summit rocks Trailhead: Saddlebag Lake Companions: Justin Shelton Continued…. Day 3 I finally had some company. Justin, my best man, had flown into Vegas the night before and drove through the darkness to meet me […]

Banner Peak

Banner Peak 12936′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 11 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 19.0 miles Elevation Gain: 7126′ (according to my GPS, although this seems high) Trailhead: Agnew Meadows, pit toilets, water, trash, bear boxes. Shuttle required 7AM-7PM in the summer. Continued…. The second day of climbing in the Sierras would also be my last day solo, with […]