Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle 4553′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Crux: ~5.5 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Peralta Trailhead- trash, pit toilets The Superstitions are the most legendary mountains in the American Southwest. A combination of federal and state land, the extremely rugged range is said the contain a the […]

Mount Ajo

Mount Ajo 4808′ Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3050′ Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Bull Pasture Trail Continued… Mount Ajo is the crown jewel of Organ Pipe National Monument. The highest summit in the park, Ajo rises 4000′ above the desert just a few miles north of […]

Kino Peak

Kino Peak 3197′ Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: ~13 miles Elevation Gain: 2400′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Bates Well Road, no services, high clearance needed Kino Peak is arguably the most dangerous peak in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section (DPS) Peak List. The danger doesn’t stem from the typical hazards of a remote […]

Whale Peak

Whale Peak 5349′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Petroglyphs Trail in Blair Valley Continued… Whale Peak sits in the center of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and is the high point of the Vallecito Mountains. Named for it’s likeness to the giant marine animal by ABDSP […]

Sombrero Peak

Sombrero Peak 4229′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 2:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2050′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: South Indian Canyon, no services Continued…. Sombrero Peak sits at the southern edge of Anza-Borrego State Park, a few miles north of the slightly less popular Jacumba Mountain. While they are similar in height and terrain, Sombrero sees […]

Jacumba Mountain

Jacumba Mountain 4512′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 3:50 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Mortero Palms, no facilities Continued…. Jacumba Mountain is the southernmost summit in California on the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List in the United States.  Only a few miles north of the US-Mexico border, Jacumba is at the […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 1930′ Chocolate Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1700′ Crux: Class 4 with aid climbing on the return Trailhead: Little Picacho Wash Continued…. Years ago when I first learned about the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section list, I started browsing through trip reports, and stumbled on a write up on Picacho Peak in […]