Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

Wetterhorn Peak 14016′ and Uncompahgre Peak 14308′ Colorado 14er Total Time: 10.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 6450′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Matterhorn Creek (lower 4WD TH) Continued… Uncompahgre is the highest mountain in the San Juans, and 6th highest in all of Colorado. It’s north face is a wall of dramatic cliffs, […]

Wilson Peak

Wilson Peak 14,017′ and Gladstone Peak 13,919′ Colorado 14er Total Time: 13 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 Elevation Gain: 5250′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Rock of Age Trail The San Juans of Colorado feature over a dozen summits over 14,000′, including 3 summits in the Wilson Group, which some argue are some of the most difficult […]

The Cockscomb

The Cockscomb 5009′ Sedona Total Time: 2 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 2.9 Elevation Gain: 500′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Aerie Trailhead, no amenities Continued… South of Sedona is a series of small buttes, all hovering around 5000′ in elevation, summits lined by sandstone cliffs. Doe Mountain is the most well known, with a trail leading to […]

Morning Glory Spire

Morning Glory Spire 5310′ Sedona Total Time: 3 hours (a good amount of that was time wasted on a tangled rope) Round trip mileage: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1000′ Crux: Class IV (two pitches) Trailhead: Soldiers Pass, Red Rocks Pass required ($5) For the casual observer, Sedona may look like a rock climber’s paradise. With […]

Crystal Crag

Crystal Crag 10377′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 2:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1400′ Crux: Class IV Trailhead: Crystal Lake Trailhead at Lake George The Sierra Nevada, which I once considered my home range, had been neglected for over a year since moving to Arizona. I made promises to myself that I would make […]

Gardeners Wall

Gardener’s Wall 3740′ and Rock Knob 2740′ Total Time: 4.0 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.3 Miles Elevation Gain: 3450′ Crux: Class IV on Glass Dome, Class III on Gardeners Wall and Rock Knob Trailhead: Toms Thumb- restrooms, trash, no water The McDowells have quickly and quietly become one of my favorite ranges in Arizona. With large […]

San Jacinto 7-peak Traverse

San Jacinto 10,834′ with Cornell Peak 9,750′, Miller Peak 10,400′, Folly Peak 10,482′, Newton Drury Peak 10,177′, Jean Peak 10,674′ and Marion Mountain 10,335′ Total Time: 7.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4000′ Crux: Class IV (Cornell) Trailhead: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upper station: trash, toilets, dining. $25 + $5 for parking San […]