East End

East End 4067′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2150′ Class II Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH, water, bathrooms, trash Companions: Holly, Mark Sugi The McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale are somewhat of an anomaly to Arizona, a fairly young range with plenty of granite and some of the best. most […]

Hayes Peak

Hayes Peak 4512′ Sierra Estrella Mountains Total Time: 8 hours Round Trip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4200′ Class II “Trailhead”: Middle of nowhere in Rainbow Valley, off Ocotillo tract Of all the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, none are as striking as the Sierra Estrellas. The Sierra Estrellas, or Star Mountains, form a 40 mile […]

Superstition Peak

Superstition Peak 5057′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 8.3 Elevation Gain: 3800′ Class III Trailhead: Carney Springs, no amenities The Superstition Mountains are the most rugged, if not the most famous, range of mountains in AZ. Forming a wall to the SE of Phoenix, the range is comprised of dramatic cliffs, […]

Mount Peeley

Mount Peeley 7030′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 2.5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I with cross country Trailhead: Mount Peeley/ Cornucopia, no amenities Companions: Holly I wanted to give Holly a taste of Tonto National Forest before snow covered the high country, so we set out to climb Mount […]

Mazatzal Peak

Mazatzal Peak 7903′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine Total Time: 10 hours Round Trip Mileage: 13.2 Elevation Gain: 4300′ Class II Trailhead and Amenities: Barnhardt Trailhead, no facilities Companions: Garrett, Kristin and Dexter from Bendhiker.com The Mazatzal Mountains form a spine of 7,000′ peaks to the east of Phoenix, running roughly 100 miles from Theodore […]

Kibbey Butte

Kibbey Butte 7801’ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3:00 Round Trip Mileage:  2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1200’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Greenland Lake. No amenities. Companions: Holly I’ve learned in my short time in AZ that summits in the Grand Canyon do not come easily. With blocky sandstone cliffs and desert brush, there’s […]

Elden Mountain

Elden Mountain 9299’ Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Total Time: 3:30 Round Trip Mileage:  5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2500’ Class I Trailhead and Amenities: Elden trailhead off Highway 89A. No amenities. Companions: Holly In Northern Arizona around Flagstaff sits the San Francisco Volcanic field, covering 1800 sq miles of the Southern Colorado Plateau with over 600 distinct […]