Black Top Mesa

Superstition Wilderness The Quick Stats Distance: 11.7. miles out & back Elevation change: 1,981 ft Type: Maintained trail Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: no Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: yes, moderate size with overflow parking Hiker’s ledger: yes Getting here There are technically many ways to get to Black Top Mesa.Continue reading “Black Top Mesa”

Quartz Peak Trail

Sierra Estrella Wilderness, Bureau of Land Management The Quick Stats Distance: 6 miles out & back Elevation change: 2,526 ft Type: Maintained switchbacks for most of the trail with some scrambling and route finding towards the peak Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: no Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: yes, small Hiker’sContinue reading “Quartz Peak Trail”

Cathedral Rock

Sedona January 29th, 2021 Location: Sedona, AZ Distance: 1.2 miles out and back Parking: Two small parking lots and some street parking Pets: Yes, but we wouldn’t recommend it Fee: Yes, $5 Red Rock Pass. Kiosk at trailhead or America the Beautiful Pass works (what we used) Restrooms: Yes Cathedral rock is a short 1.2Continue reading “Cathedral Rock”

Chiricahua National Monument

The Big Loop January 16th, 2021 Location: Wilcox, AZ Distance: We logged 9.1 miles Parking: Echo Canyon, if full park at Massai Point Pets: Not allowed on trail Fee: No Restrooms: Yes Chiricahua National Monument is 3.5 hours from Phoenix. It’s not a bad drive, but we decided to stay the night in Tucson atContinue reading “Chiricahua National Monument”

Governors Peak

Hells Canyon Wilderness January 1, 2021 Location: About 1 hour and 20 minutes from Phoenix. North of Lake Pleasant Distance: We logged 6.25 miles out and back Parking: There isn’t a parking lot (read on for more details) Pets: Yes, but we wouldn’t recommend if you are hiking to the summit Fee: No Restrooms: NoContinue reading “Governors Peak”

Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park August 9th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be leashed. They can only go up to the saddle of Hunter Trail. I wouldn’t recommend bringing dogs. Fee: $7 vehicle fee Restrooms at trailhead: Not at Hunter Trailhead but there is restrooms by the entrance of the state park. Video: click here THEContinue reading “Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail”

San Francisco Peaks

Hike to Humphrey’s Peak June 6th, 2020 Length: 10.5 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 3,352 ft Dog Friendly: Yes Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: No THE HIKE: We drove to Humphreys Peak from Phoenix and we left Phoenix at about 6:00am. We got to Humphreys Trailhead at 9:00am. It was probably in the 50’s inContinue reading “San Francisco Peaks”

Three Sister’s Summit

May 2, 2020 Length: 6.9 miles to 8 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 2,502 ft Dog Friendly: I would not recommend bringing dogs Fee: Technically yes Restrooms at trailhead: No HOW TO GET THERE: You start this hike from the same trailhead as Wave Cave, so the directions are the same. From the valley you needContinue reading “Three Sister’s Summit”

Browns Peak

April 25th, 2020 Length: 4.7 Miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,909 ft Dog Friendly: No Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: No Video: click here HOW TO GET THERE: We left from North Scottsdale and took Shea Road East to the Beeline highway, also known has Arizona State Route 87. The Beeline highway is one of the mostContinue reading “Browns Peak”

Piestewa Peak

February 9th, 2020 Length: 2.2 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,151 ft Dog Friendly: No Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: No Trail Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. HOW TO GET THERE: Getting to Piestewa Peak is fairly simple these days whether you’re using Google Maps or Apple Maps. You can type in Piestewa Peak Trailhead andContinue reading “Piestewa Peak”