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 […]

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 […]

Geronimo Head

Geronimo Head 3509′ Superstitions Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.2 Elevation Gain: 2350′ Crux: Class II Trailhead: Tortilla Flat, full services Geronimo Head is a small summit in the northwestern Superstitions. Located just above Tortilla Flats, the cliffs of the western face drop dramatically into La Barge Canyon. I first noticed Geronimo Head during a […]

Twin Buttes

Twin Buttes 5558′ Sedona Total Time: 3:15 Round trip Mileage: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2150′ Crux: Class 4 (East summit) Difficult class 3 (West summit) Trailhead: Broken Arrow Despite being in the middle of town, Twin Buttes is one of the lesser known summits in Sedona. Completely trail-less and unnamed on many maps, Twin Buttes […]

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 […]