Mormon Mountain

Mormon Mountain 8510′ Arizona Alpine 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 […]

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak 2269′ Total Time: 2:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class III Trailhead: End of N. Stetson Pkwy. State trust land permit required ($20/ year) Companions: Holly Since the inception of this web site, I’ve tried not to write up any hikes within Phoenix city limits. The majority of these are well […]

Mount Wrightson

Mount Wrightson 9453′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 5:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4575′ Class I Trailhead: Madera Canyon: Old Baldy Trail; pit toilets, trash, fee required Mount Wrightson is the largest mountain visible from Tucson, rising to over 9400’ from the desert floor. It had been on my to do list for some […]

Goldmine Mountain

Goldmine Mountain 2463′ San Tan Mountains Regional Park Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class II Trailhead: Skyline Trailhead ($6), pit toilets Companions: Holly The San Tan Mountains are a small range about 45 minutes Southeast of Phoenix. Although the range has only a handful of summits, the range stands tall […]

The Hand

The Hand- Razor’s Edge Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Round Trip Mileage: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1050′ Crux: 5.6 Trailhead: Cholla TH- pit toilets, trash. Companions: Frank Vers, Chris Curtis, Phillip Steele, Brandon Swezey, Susan Nader, AJ Chakraborty, Melanie Thomas When I moved to Arizona (and finally had my weekends free again), I decided […]

Cheops Plateau and Cheops Pyramid

Cheops Plateau 5401′ and Cheops Pyramid 5206′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 15:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 25 miles Elevation Gain: 11,100′ Crux: Cheops Plateau- Class IV, Cheops Pyramid- Class III Trailhead: Yaki Point/ South Kaibab Trail. Water, pit toilets, trash, shuttle bus   I had been somewhat disappointed in how little I had made it […]

Thompson Peak

Thompson Peak McDowell Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Round trip mileage: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Class I Trailhead: Dixie Mine TH; flush toilets, water, $2/ person Companions: Holly Although not the highest mountain in the McDowells, Thompson Peak is the highest summit in the range with a legal trail to the top. With a fire […]