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 […]

Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain 6814′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 4:32 Roundtrip Mileage: 10.9 Elevation Gain: 3,400′ Crux: N/A Trailhead: Salt Flat/ Pine Mountain Wilderness, no services Pine Mountain in northern Tonto National Forest is an obscure and relatively hidden summit. The mountain slowly rises from broad grassy plateaus from the west, and is only visible from […]

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 […]

Grandview Benchmark

Grandview Benchmark 7,540′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 1.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 400′ Trailhead: FR 310 Companions: Holly, Brian Joseph Continued…. Grandview Lookout Tower is one of four Lookout Towers in Grand Canyon National Park. Originally constructed in the 1930s, the tower is hidden in the forest a few miles […]

Spruce Mountain

Spruce Mountain 7,696′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,700′ Trailhead: Woods Creek Trail #307, pit toilets Companions: Brian Joseph, Holly Continued…. Spruce Mountain Lookout is one of four fire lookouts in the Bradshaw Mountains above Prescott. Built in 1936 by the CCC, it is still staffed during peak wildfire […]

Barry Goldwater Peak

Barry Goldwater Peak Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.3 Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class I Trailhead: Goat Camp Trail, $6 entry. Full services. The White Tank Mountains form the western boundary of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun, with the McDowells and Superstitions to the east, the Sierra Estrellas and Hayes Peak to […]

Escudilla Mountain

Escudilla Mountain 10,877′ Arizona Alpine Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Total Time: 2:40 Roundtrip Mileage: 6.6 Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I Trailhead: Escudilla Mountain Trail   Continued… Escudilla Mountain sits in far eastern Arizona near the New Mexican border. At over 10,000′, it is the third highest major summit in the state behind the Humphreys Peak group […]