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 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 skyline and […]

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 […]

Mount Conness

Mount Conness 12589′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3550′ Crux: Class III summit rocks Trailhead: Saddlebag Lake Companions: Justin Shelton Continued…. Day 3 I finally had some company. Justin, my best man, had flown into Vegas the night before and drove through the darkness to meet me […]

Redcloud and Sunshine Peak

Redcloud Peak 14034′ and Sunshine Peak 14001′ Colorado 14ers Total Time: 6.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4500′ Crux: Class III (Class II if you go down the correct gully) Trailhead: Southfork of Silver Creek/ Grizzly Basin Continued… The last day of my four day stretch in Colorado would be another double header, […]