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 […]

Capitol Butte

Capitol Butte 6255′ Sedona Total Time: 2:45 Round Trip Mileage: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2400′ Class III Trailhead; Lizard Head- pit toilets, trash (Red Rocks Pass required) Although I had been to Sedona a couple times since moving to Arizona, I hadn’t done much climbing. Part of the reason is that the majority of the […]

East End

East End 4067′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2150′ Class II Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH, water, bathrooms, trash Companions: Holly, Mark Sugi The McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale are somewhat of an anomaly to Arizona, a fairly young range with plenty of granite and some of the best. most […]

Hayes Peak

Hayes Peak 4512′ Sierra Estrella Mountains Total Time: 8 hours Round Trip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4200′ Class II “Trailhead”: Middle of nowhere in Rainbow Valley, off Ocotillo tract Of all the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, none are as striking as the Sierra Estrellas. The Sierra Estrellas, or Star Mountains, form a 40 mile […]

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, […]

Mount Peeley

Mount Peeley 7030′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 2.5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I with cross country Trailhead: Mount Peeley/ Cornucopia, no amenities Companions: Holly I wanted to give Holly a taste of Tonto National Forest before snow covered the high country, so we set out to climb Mount […]

Mazatzal Peak

Mazatzal Peak 7903′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine Total Time: 10 hours Round Trip Mileage: 13.2 Elevation Gain: 4300′ Class II Trailhead and Amenities: Barnhardt Trailhead, no facilities Companions: Garrett, Kristin and Dexter from Bendhiker.com The Mazatzal Mountains form a spine of 7,000′ peaks to the east of Phoenix, running roughly 100 miles from Theodore […]