Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy 11,421′ Arizona Alpine Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Total Time: 8:20 Roundtrip Mileage: 16.5 Elevation Gain: 5200′ Class I Trailhead: East Baldy Trail, no services Arizona is a state better known for its’ desert, not its’ alpine. Even though the beautifully varied state has deep canyons, sky island mountains and raw Sonoran desert, not much […]

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte 5451′ and Bell Rock 4919′ Sedona Total Time: 9 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2300′ Crux: 5.6 on Courthouse Butte (South Bowl Route) and 5.8 and Bell Rock (Kamps Route) Trailhead: Bell Rock Vista- full services except water, Red Rocks Pass required Companions: Alex Wallace Sedona features some of the most impressive […]

Red Butte Mountain

Red Butte Mountain 7326′ Grand Canyon National Park-ish Total Time: 1:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 920′ Crux: Class 1 Trailhead: Red Butte Trail, no services Continued… Red Butte Mountain is the most striking summit along AZ Route 64 from Williams to the South Rim. I had passed by it nearly every time I went to the […]

Fossil Mountain

Fossil Mountain 6729′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 1:15 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.0 Elevation Gain: 800′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Havasupai point, no services Continued…. Fossil Mountain may be the easiest Grand Canyon summit on the south rim. With only a mile of cross country, a couple hundred feet of elevation gain, and essentially no scrambling, […]

Mount Huethawali and Fiske Butte

Mount Huethawali 6281′ and Fiske Butte 4748′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 14.0 Elevation Gain: 4550′ Crux: Difficult class 3 Trailhead: South Bass, no services Mount Huethawali (pronounced Wee-the-wali) boasts one of the finest views of any summit in the Western Grand Canyon National Park. The peak is located just […]

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle 4553′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Crux: ~5.5 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Peralta Trailhead- trash, pit toilets The Superstitions are the most legendary mountains in the American Southwest. A combination of federal and state land, the extremely rugged range is said the contain a the […]

Mount Ajo

Mount Ajo 4808′ Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3050′ Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Bull Pasture Trail Continued… Mount Ajo is the crown jewel of Organ Pipe National Monument. The highest summit in the park, Ajo rises 4000′ above the desert just a few miles north of […]