Battleship Mountain

Hackberry Mesa 2793′, Battleship Mountain 2797′, Yellow Peak 3061′ and Black Mesa 3097′ Superstition Mountains/ Tonto National Forest Roundtrip Mileage: 17.2 Elevation Gain: 3650′ Total Time: 10 hours Crux: Class III Trailhead: First Water Trailhead, pit toilets I hadn’t had a hike in a while that really kicked my ass- a sunup to sundown day […]

Elephant Mountain and Indian Fortress

Elephant Mountain 3926′ and Indian Fortress 3342′ Phoenix Area: Spur Cross Ranch, New River Mountains Total Time: 5:00 Round Trip Mileage: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Class III Trailhead: Spur Cross Ranch- $3/ person, pit toilets Companions: Holly ┬áSpur Cross Ranch is a relatively recent addition to the Maricopa County Parks system, 2,154 acres of […]

Gavilan Peak

Gavilan Peak 2980′ Phoenix Area Total Time: 1:30 Round Trip Mileage: 1.25 Elevation Gain: 1150′ Class III- IV (Class II variation on descent) Trailhead: Undeveloped lot off 35th Ave in New River Along my many journeys headed north on I-17, I have always been fascinated with Gavilan Peak. The mountain is almost volcanic in both […]

Mescal Mountain

Mescal Mountain 5047′ Sedona Total Time: 1:15 Round Trip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 750′ Class III Trailhead: Long Canyon- trash, minimal parking Continued… In Sedona, it can be hard to find much solitude. As the outdoor Mecca of Arizona, trailheads overflow and summits are over run with tourists from across the world. The shorter hikes […]

Capitol Butte

Capitol Butte 6255′ Sedona Total Time: 2:45 Round Trip Mileage: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2400′ Class III Trailhead; Lizard Head- pit toilets, trash (Red Rocks Pass required) Although I had been to Sedona a couple times since moving to Arizona, I hadn’t done much climbing. Part of the reason is that the majority of the […]

East End

East End 4067′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2150′ Class II Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH, water, bathrooms, trash Companions: Holly, Mark Sugi The McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale are somewhat of an anomaly to Arizona, a fairly young range with plenty of granite and some of the best. most […]

Hayes Peak

Hayes Peak 4512′ Sierra Estrella Mountains Total Time: 8 hours Round Trip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4200′ Class II “Trailhead”: Middle of nowhere in Rainbow Valley, off Ocotillo tract Of all the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, none are as striking as the Sierra Estrellas. The Sierra Estrellas, or Star Mountains, form a 40 mile […]