O’Neill Butte

O’Neill Butte 6,071′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 4.9 Elevation Gain: 2,010′ Crux: 5.0 Trailhead: South Kaibab Trail, full services Companions: Justin Shelton and Brian Joseph Along the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park stands O’Neill Butte, a prominent Supai sandstone summit admired by 1,000s of hikers each year. […]

Berry Butte

Berry Butte 5,682′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.1 Elevation Gain: 2900′ Trailhead: Grandview Point, pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly, Brian Joseph Berry Butte is one of the ‘newest buttes’ in the Grand Canyon, only officially named in 1998. One of the dozen plus non-technical south rim summits with […]

Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte 6514′ Prescott National Forest Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.6 Elevation Gain: Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Thumb Butte Trail, full services, fee required Companions: Brian Joseph, Holly   Along with Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte is probably Prescott’s most well known natural landmark. A quick online search of “Things To Do in Prescott” […]

Mount Davis

Mount Davis 12,303′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 2 days (backpack) Elevation Gain: ~8,000′ Roundtrip Mileage: 30.4 Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Rush Creek, full services Companions: Holly Mount Davis is a 12K summit in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near the southeastern border of Yosemite. Serving as a backdrop for the Sierra’s famous Thousand Island Lake, the […]

Oza Butte and Widforss Overlook

Oza Butte 8068′ and Widforss Overlook 7960′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,800′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Widforss Point Trail- trash, pit toilet. Continued… Oza Butte, a Paiute word for a narrow necked basket, is the first of many Grand Canyon summits that have bested me […]

Saddle Mountain and Marion Point

Saddle Mountain 8424′ and Marion Point 6480′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 12.0 Elevation Gain: 6,050′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Saddle Mountain Trail, no services Saddle Mountain along the eastern edge of the North Rim, has the esoteric distinction of being the highest summit INSIDE of the canyon. Named for […]

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte 5451′ and Bell Rock 4919′ Sedona Total Time: 9 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2300′ Crux: 5.6 on Courthouse Butte (South Bowl Route) and 5.8 and Bell Rock (Kamps Route) Trailhead: Bell Rock Vista- full services except water, Red Rocks Pass required Companions: Alex Wallace Sedona features some of the most impressive […]