Picketpost Mountain

Picketpost Mountain 4375′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 3:30 Mileage: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Class III Trailhead: Picketpost, pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly One of the many scenic drives in Arizona is the US-60 from Phoenix to Superior. The highway weaves around the southern edge of the Superstition Mountains, through canyons and tunnels, […]

Humphreys Peak via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge

Humphreys Peak 12633′ via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Area Total Time: 8:30 Round trip mileage: ~9 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Companions: Sean McAdams Trailhead: Agassiz Lodge, full amenities When it comes to alpine climbing in Arizona, Humphreys Peak is unmatched. As the highest mountain in the state, it dominates the landscape, towering […]

Cunningham Mountain

Cunningham Mountain¬†3316′ Sonoran Desert Total Time: 1:45 Round Trip Mileage: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1800′ Trailhead: Fire road near Copper Bottom Mine Cunningham Mountain is the highest peak in the Dome Rock Mountains, a small range southwest of Quartzite on the border near California. Despite their isolation, the range is surprisingly accessible, with numerous mines […]

Signal Peak

Signal Peak 4877′, Ten Ewe Mountain 4720′ Sonoran Desert, Kofa Mountains Total Time: 5:30 Round Trip Mileage: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3100′ Trailhead: Pulloff in Kofa Queen Canyon In December of 2013, on my way to an interview in Phoenix, I paid my first visit to Arizona’s Kofa Mountains (short for King of Arizona) in […]

Battleship Mountain

Hackberry Mesa 2793′, Battleship Mountain 2797′, Yellow Peak 3061′ and Black Mesa 3097′ Superstition Mountains/ Tonto National Forest Roundtrip Mileage: 17.2 Elevation Gain: 3650′ Total Time: 10 hours Crux: Class III Trailhead: First Water Trailhead, pit toilets I hadn’t had a hike in a while that really kicked my ass- a sunup to sundown day […]

Elephant Mountain and Indian Fortress

Elephant Mountain 3926′ and Indian Fortress 3342′ Phoenix Area: Spur Cross Ranch, New River Mountains Total Time: 5:00 Round Trip Mileage: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Class III Trailhead: Spur Cross Ranch- $3/ person, pit toilets Companions: Holly ¬†Spur Cross Ranch is a relatively recent addition to the Maricopa County Parks system, 2,154 acres of […]

Gavilan Peak

Gavilan Peak 2980′ Phoenix Area Total Time: 1:30 Round Trip Mileage: 1.25 Elevation Gain: 1150′ Class III- IV (Class II variation on descent) Trailhead: Undeveloped lot off 35th Ave in New River Along my many journeys headed north on I-17, I have always been fascinated with Gavilan Peak. The mountain is almost volcanic in both […]