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 […]

Superstition Peak

Superstition Peak 5057′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 5 hours Round Trip Mileage: 8.3 Elevation Gain: 3800′ Class III Trailhead: Carney Springs, no amenities The Superstition Mountains are the most rugged, if not the most famous, range of mountains in AZ. Forming a wall to the SE of Phoenix, the range is comprised of dramatic cliffs, […]

Kibbey Butte

Kibbey Butte 7801’ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3:00 Round Trip Mileage:  2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1200’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Greenland Lake. No amenities. Companions: Holly I’ve learned in my short time in AZ that summits in the Grand Canyon do not come easily. With blocky sandstone cliffs and desert brush, there’s […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 3370’ Southern Arizona Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 Total Elevation Gain: 1350’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Hunter Trail in Picacho State Park. Park and campgrounds near Trailhead Companions: Holly, Cara and Steve Whittingham After Camelback and Mount Humphreys, Picacho Peak is probably the next most famous summit in Arizona. It […]