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 […]

Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain North 3312′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 3:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Windcave Trail in Usery Mountains Regional Park, $6 entrance- water, trash, toilets Companions: Holly Usery Mountains Regional Park is a small county park bordering Tonto National Forest just to the northwest of the Superstition […]

Coronado Butte

Coronado Butte 7162′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 Elevation Gain: 2400′ (1100′ on the return) Crux: Class III Trailhead: New Hance Trail After Cedar Mountain in October, I assumed I wouldn’t make it up again to the Grand Canyon until the new year. But an unexpected trip north for […]

The Flatiron

The Flatiron 4861′ and Point 5024′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3500′ Crux: Class III Companions: Holly, Cara Whittingham, Steve Whittingham Trailhead: Siphon Draw- water, toilets, $7 fee The Flatiron (I believe pronounced FLAT-EE-RON) is another Phoenix icon. Towering over Apache Junction SE of the city, rock spires […]

Browns Peak

Browns Peak 7657′ and Brother Peak 7642′ Tonto National Forest Arizona Alpine Total Time: 5.5 hrs Roundtrip Mileage: 6.4 Elevation Gain: 2800′ Crux: Class III-IV Trailhead: Lone Pine TH, no amenities The Four Peaks are a Phoenix icon. Towering to the east in Tonto National Forest, they are by far the highest peaks in the Phoenix […]

Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison 12,241′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 7 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4600′ Crux: Class II-III Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: Convict Lake- trash, water, toilets, general store Continued….. My final day of peakbagging in the Sierras was a summit I had been eyeing for a very long time. Mount Morrison is a prominent […]