Red Butte Mountain

Red Butte Mountain 7326′ Grand Canyon National Park-ish Total Time: 1:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 920′ Crux: Class 1 Trailhead: Red Butte Trail, no services Continued… Red Butte Mountain is the most striking summit along AZ Route 64 from Williams to the South Rim. I had passed by it nearly every time I went to the […]

Fossil Mountain

Fossil Mountain 6729′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 1:15 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.0 Elevation Gain: 800′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Havasupai point, no services Continued…. Fossil Mountain may be the easiest Grand Canyon summit on the south rim. With only a mile of cross country, a couple hundred feet of elevation gain, and essentially no scrambling, […]

Mount Huethawali and Fiske Butte

Mount Huethawali 6281′ and Fiske Butte 4748′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 14.0 Elevation Gain: 4550′ Crux: Difficult class 3 Trailhead: South Bass, no services Mount Huethawali (pronounced Wee-the-wali) boasts one of the finest views of any summit in the Western Grand Canyon National Park. The peak is located just […]

Coronado Butte

Coronado Butte 7162′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 Elevation Gain: 2400′ (1100′ on the return) Crux: Class III Trailhead: New Hance Trail After Cedar Mountain in October, I assumed I wouldn’t make it up again to the Grand Canyon until the new year. But an unexpected trip north for […]

Cheops Plateau and Cheops Pyramid

Cheops Plateau 5401′ and Cheops Pyramid 5206′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 15:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 25 miles Elevation Gain: 11,100′ Crux: Cheops Plateau- Class IV, Cheops Pyramid- Class III Trailhead: Yaki Point/ South Kaibab Trail. Water, pit toilets, trash, shuttle bus   I had been somewhat disappointed in how little I had made it […]

Kibbey Butte

Kibbey Butte 7801’ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3:00 Round Trip Mileage:  2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1200’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Greenland Lake. No amenities. Companions: Holly I’ve learned in my short time in AZ that summits in the Grand Canyon do not come easily. With blocky sandstone cliffs and desert brush, there’s […]

Escalante and Cardenas Buttes

Escalante Butte 6536′, Cardenas Butte 6281′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.2 Total Elevation Gain: 3200′ Crux: Class III Trailhead and amenities: Tanner Trail at Lipon Point: Trash, no toilets or water. Continued… Escalante and Cardenas Butte are a pair of fairly prominent summits off the eastern South Rim […]