(Little) Granite Mountain

(Little) Granite Mountain 3,526′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 5:40 (with a large chunk of rock climbing a part of that) Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,300′ Crux: Class 2-3 (5.7 for Blue Sky on Pasta Wall) Trailhead: McDowell Preserve Granite Mountain Trailhead- no services In the less traveled northern portion of McDowell Sonoran Preserve sits […]

Fremont Peak

Fremont Peak 4180′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 5:00 Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1980′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Peralta Trail, pit toilets I had been neglecting the Superstitions since my big outing on Weavers Needle, and had yet to head back since the weather cooled down for the season. So needless to say, I jumped […]

Chiricahua Peak

Chiricahua Peak 9,760′ and 9 others Arizona Alpine Total Time: 14:20 Roundtrip Mileage: 30.2 Elevation Gain: 8,440′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Rustler Park The Chiricahua Mountains are one of Southern Arizona’s sky islands, rising to nearly 10,000′ from the desert near the border with Mexico. Home to several summits with over 2,000′ of prominence, Chiricahua […]

Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain 6814′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 4:32 Roundtrip Mileage: 10.9 Elevation Gain: 3,400′ Crux: N/A Trailhead: Salt Flat/ Pine Mountain Wilderness, no services Pine Mountain in northern Tonto National Forest is an obscure and relatively hidden summit. The mountain slowly rises from broad grassy plateaus from the west, and is only visible from […]

Berry Butte

Berry Butte 5,682′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.1 Elevation Gain: 2900′ Trailhead: Grandview Point, pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly, Brian Joseph Berry Butte is one of the ‘newest buttes’ in the Grand Canyon, only officially named in 1998. One of the dozen plus non-technical south rim summits with […]

Oza Butte and Widforss Overlook

Oza Butte 8068′ and Widforss Overlook 7960′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,800′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Widforss Point Trail- trash, pit toilet. Continued… Oza Butte, a Paiute word for a narrow necked basket, is the first of many Grand Canyon summits that have bested me […]

Little Dragon

Little Dragon 8121′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 4 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.1 Elevation Gain: 1,360′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Random pulloff on Point Sublime Road, no services Continued…. Along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, a bit west of the Main Lodge and Bright Angel Point is the ‘Dragon Corridor.’ Named for […]