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 […]

The Cockscomb

The Cockscomb 5009′ Sedona Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.9 Elevation Gain: 500′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Aerie Trailhead, no amenities Continued… South of Sedona is a series of small buttes, all hovering around 5000′ in elevation, summits lined by sandstone cliffs. Doe Mountain is the most well known, with a trail leading to […]

Morning Glory Spire

Morning Glory Spire 5310′ Sedona Total Time: 3 hours (a good amount of that was time wasted on a tangled rope) Round trip mileage: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1000′ Crux: Class IV (two pitches) Trailhead: Soldiers Pass, Red Rocks Pass required ($5) For the casual observer, Sedona may look like a rock climber’s paradise. With […]

Gardeners Wall

Gardener’s Wall 3740′ and Rock Knob 2740′ Total Time: 4.0 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.3 Miles Elevation Gain: 3450′ Crux: Class IV on Glass Dome, Class III on Gardeners Wall and Rock Knob Trailhead: Toms Thumb- restrooms, trash, no water The McDowells have quickly and quietly become one of my favorite ranges in Arizona. With large […]

Mormon Mountain

Mormon Mountain 8510′ Flagstaff Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1300′ Class I Trailhead: Mormon Mountain Trail from Dairy Springs Companions: Holly As the temperatures rise in the valley, one of the few nearby escapes from the heat is up to the Flagstaff area to higher elevations. While the main […]