(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 […]

Woolsey Peak

Woolsey Peak 3171′ Total Time: 3:00 Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Agua Caliente Road, High Clearance required for the last 3 miles Woolsey Peak in central Arizona is a prominent dome shaped mountain on the skyline of Gila Bend and one of Arizona’s P2K summits. Visible from Phoenix and the […]

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 […]