Elden Mountain

Elden Mountain 9299’ 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 volcanoes. These […]

Doe Mountain

Doe Mountain 5067’ Sedona Total Time: 1 hour Round Trip Mileage: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 575′ Class I Trailhead and Amenities: Bear/ Doe Mountain trailhead near Boynton Pass. Trash, Pit toilets, no water. Red Rocks Pass required. Companions: Holly For our first trip into Sedona together with some persistent intense heat and thunderstorms by noon, […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 3370’ Southern Arizona Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 Total Elevation Gain: 1350’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Hunter Trail in Picacho State Park. Park and campgrounds near Trailhead Companions: Holly, Cara and Steve Whittingham After Camelback and Mount Humphreys, Picacho Peak is probably the next most famous summit in Arizona. It […]

Miller Peak

Miller Peak 9,466’ Huachuca Mountains Total Time: 7 hours Round Trip Mileage: 12.2 Total Elevation Gain: 4050’ Class I Trailhead and amenities: Miller Canyon- trash, no water or toilets. For a relatively obscure peak, Miller Peak has a lot going for it. It is the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, one of the highest […]

Escalante and Cardenas Buttes

Escalante Butte 6536′, Cardenas Butte 6281′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.2 Total Elevation Gain: 3200′ Crux: Class III Trailhead and amenities: Tanner Trail at Lipon Point: Trash, no toilets or water. Continued… Escalante and Cardenas Butte are a pair of fairly prominent summits off the eastern South Rim […]

The Battleship

The Battleship 5,850’ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: ~5 hours Roundtrip Distance: 9 miles Elevation Gain: 500’ on the way in, 1400’ on the return. Crux: Class III I first noticed “The Battleship” during a backpack in the Grand Canyon November 2013, staring up from Indian Gardens. I had always assumed it was technical, […]