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Elden Lookout

Flagstaff, Arizona The Quick Stats Distance: 6.3 miles out & back Elevation Change: 2,398.3 ft Type: Step rocky trail with a lot of switchbacks Restrooms at the Trailhead: no Water at the trailhead: no Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: Very small parking lot Hiker’s ledger: no Fee: no Getting Here To get to Elden LookoutContinue reading “Elden Lookout”

Siphon Draw to Peak 5024

Lost Dutchman State Park The Quick Stats Distance: 6.2 miles out & back Elevation change: 1,325 ft Type: Maintained trail up until Siphon Draw and then it becomes an unmarked scramble to the top Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: yes Dogs allowed: yes, but we wouldn’t recommend to hike with dogsContinue reading “Siphon Draw to Peak 5024”

Quartz Trail

McDowell Sonoron Preserve The Quick Stats Distance: 7 miles out & back Elevation change: 1,163 ft Type: Maintained trail Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: yes Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: yes, moderate size with overflow parking Hiker’s ledger: no Getting here There are multiple trailheads that with trails that can leadContinue reading “Quartz Trail”

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”