Miners Summit

Miners Summit 3516′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Crux: Class II Trailhead: Peralta Trail- pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly I had made a pre- New Year’s Resolution to stop dragging Holly on hikes that the overwhelming majority of people would not enjoy. Many of my objectives […]

Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain 7061′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1900′ Trailhead: Cedar Mountain Rd. near Desert View Companions: Holly Cedar Mountain, located in the Southeast corner of Grand Canyon National Park, is one of the few summits within the park that has the appearance of a true […]

Wilson Peak

Wilson Peak 14,017′ and Gladstone Peak 13,919′ Colorado 14er Total Time: 13 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 Elevation Gain: 5250′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Rock of Age Trail The San Juans of Colorado feature over a dozen summits over 14,000′, including 3 summits in the Wilson Group, which some argue are some of the most difficult […]

The Cockscomb

The Cockscomb 5009′ Sedona Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.9 Elevation Gain: 500′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Aerie Trailhead, no amenities Continued… South of Sedona is a series of small buttes, all hovering around 5000′ in elevation, summits lined by sandstone cliffs. Doe Mountain is the most well known, with a trail leading to […]

San Jacinto 7-peak Traverse

San Jacinto 10,834′ with Cornell Peak 9,750′, Miller Peak 10,400′, Folly Peak 10,482′, Newton Drury Peak 10,177′, Jean Peak 10,674′ and Marion Mountain 10,335′ Total Time: 7.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4000′ Crux: Class IV (Cornell) Trailhead: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upper station: trash, toilets, dining. $25 + $5 for parking San […]

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak 2269′ Total Time: 2:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class III Trailhead: End of N. Stetson Pkwy. State trust land permit required ($20/ year) Companions: Holly Since the inception of this web site, I’ve tried not to write up any hikes within Phoenix city limits. The majority of these are well […]

Goldmine Mountain

Goldmine Mountain 2463′ San Tan Mountains Regional Park Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class II Trailhead: Skyline Trailhead ($6), pit toilets Companions: Holly The San Tan Mountains are a small range about 45 minutes Southeast of Phoenix. Although the range has only a handful of summits, the range stands tall […]