Twin Buttes

Twin Buttes 5558′ Sedona Total Time: 3:15 Round trip Mileage: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2150′ Crux: Class 4 (East summit) Difficult class 3 (West summit) Trailhead: Broken Arrow Despite being in the middle of town, Twin Buttes is one of the lesser known summits in Sedona. Completely trail-less and unnamed on many maps, Twin Buttes […]

Castle Dome Peak

Castle Dome Peak 3788′ Castle Dome Mountains Total Time: 3:25 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: High Clearance Road beyond Castle Dome Mine Museum, (4WD not necessary, just high clearance) Castle Dome Peak is one of nine┬ásummits in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List (DPS) in Arizona. I had […]

Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain North 3312′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 3:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Windcave Trail in Usery Mountains Regional Park, $6 entrance- water, trash, toilets Companions: Holly Usery Mountains Regional Park is a small county park bordering Tonto National Forest just to the northwest of the Superstition […]

Woodchute Mountain

Woodchute Mountain 7840′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I Trailhead: Woodchute Trail #102 Woodchute Mountain in Central Arizona is a broad plateau standing over Verde Valley. The remnants of an ancient volcano, Woodchute is one of Arizonas’s 73 summits with over 2000′ of prominence, a list […]

Tom’s Thumb

Tom’s Thumb 3925′ McDowell Mountains Total┬áTime: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1450′ Crux: West Corner- 5.2, Kreuser’s Route- 5.4 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH- trash, toilets, no water Before moving to Phoenix, my sister bought me the popular book “60 Hikes in 60 Miles from Phoenix.” As I thumbed through […]

The Flatiron

The Flatiron 4861′ and Point 5024′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class III Companions: Holly, Cara Whittingham, Steve Whittingham Trailhead: Siphon Draw- water, toilets, $7 fee The Flatiron (I believe pronounced FLAT-EE-RON) is another Phoenix icon. Towering over Apache Junction SE of the city, rock spires […]

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 […]