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 […]

O’Neill Butte

O’Neill Butte 6,071′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 4.9 Elevation Gain: 2,010′ Crux: 5.0 Trailhead: South Kaibab Trail, full services Companions: Justin Shelton and Brian Joseph Along the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park stands O’Neill Butte, a prominent Supai sandstone summit admired by 1,000s of hikers each year. […]

Red Mountain

Red Mountain 7,968′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,400′ Trailhead: Red Mountain Trailhead, no services Companions: Holly, Brian Joseph Continued… Red Mountain in Northern Arizona is a bit of a geologic mystery. A part of the western San Francisco Volcanic Field, the 740,000 year old Red Mountain is […]

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 […]

Saddle Mountain and Marion Point

Saddle Mountain 8424′ and Marion Point 6480′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 12.0 Elevation Gain: 6,050′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Saddle Mountain Trail, no services Saddle Mountain along the eastern edge of the North Rim, has the esoteric distinction of being the highest summit INSIDE of the canyon. Named for […]