Castle Dome Peak

Castle Dome Peak 3788′ Castle Dome Mountains Total Time: 3:25 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: High Clearance Road beyond Castle Dome Mine Museum, (4WD not necessary, just high clearance) Castle Dome Peak is one of nine┬ásummits in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List (DPS) in Arizona. I had […]

Bridge Mountain

Bridge Mountain 6,940′ Red Rocks NRA Total Time: 7:00 Round trip Mileage: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4750′ Class III Trailhead: Rocky Gap Road (4WD required) West of Las Vegas, serving as a stunning backdrop to the Vegas Strip, is Red Rocks NRA, a playground for hikers, climbers, and tourists that have lost too much money […]

Humphreys Peak via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge

Humphreys Peak 12633′ via Dutchman Glade/ West Ridge Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Area Total Time: 8:30 Round trip mileage: ~9 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Companions: Sean McAdams Trailhead: Agassiz Lodge, full amenities When it comes to alpine climbing in Arizona, Humphreys Peak is unmatched. As the highest mountain in the state, it dominates the landscape, towering […]

Signal Peak

Signal Peak 4877′, Ten Ewe Mountain 4720′ Sonoran Desert, Kofa Mountains Total Time: 5:30 Round Trip Mileage: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3100′ Trailhead: Pulloff in Kofa Queen Canyon In December of 2013, on my way to an interview in Phoenix, I paid my first visit to Arizona’s Kofa Mountains (short for King of Arizona) in […]

Orocopia Mountain

Orocopia Mountain 3815′ Sonoran Desert Total Time: 3:30 Round Trip Mileage: 6.9 Elevation Gain: 2000′ (300′ on the return) Class II Trailhead: Dirt road, nothing around. Companions: Holly The Orocopia Mountains are a seldom visited range south of Joshua Tree NP in the Colorado Desert in California. A subset of the larger Sonoran Desert, the […]

Superstition Peak

Superstition Peak 5057′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 8.3 Elevation Gain: 3800′ Class III Trailhead: Carney Springs, no amenities The Superstition Mountains are the most rugged, if not the most famous, range of mountains in AZ. Forming a wall to the SE of Phoenix, the range is comprised of dramatic cliffs, […]