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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 1930′ Chocolate Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1700′ Crux: Class 4 with aid climbing on the return Trailhead: Little Picacho Wash Continued…. Years ago when I first learned about the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section list, I started browsing through trip reports, and stumbled on a write up on Picacho Peak in […]

Castle Dome Peak

Castle Dome Peak 3788′ Castle Dome Mountains Total Time: 3:25 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: High Clearance Road beyond Castle Dome Mine Museum, (4WD not necessary, just high clearance) Castle Dome Peak is one of nine summits in the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List (DPS) in Arizona. I had […]