O’Neill Butte

O’Neill Butte 6,071′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 4.9 Elevation Gain: 2,010′ Crux: 5.0 Trailhead: South Kaibab Trail, full services Companions: Justin Shelton and Brian Joseph Along the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park stands O’Neill Butte, a prominent Supai sandstone summit admired by 1,000s of hikers each year. […]

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte 5451′ and Bell Rock 4919′ Sedona Total Time: 9 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2300′ Crux: 5.6 on Courthouse Butte (South Bowl Route) and 5.8 and Bell Rock (Kamps Route) Trailhead: Bell Rock Vista- full services except water, Red Rocks Pass required Companions: Alex Wallace Sedona features some of the most impressive […]

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle 4553′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Crux: ~5.5 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Peralta Trailhead- trash, pit toilets The Superstitions are the most legendary mountains in the American Southwest. A combination of federal and state land, the extremely rugged range is said the contain a the […]

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 […]

Tom’s Thumb

Tom’s Thumb 3925′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1450′ Crux: West Corner- 5.2, Kreuser’s Route- 5.4 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH- trash, toilets, no water Before moving to Phoenix, my sister bought me the popular book “60 Hikes in 60 Miles from Phoenix.” As I thumbed through […]