Black Mountain Summit Cave Creek, AZ.

Black Mountain Summit Cave Creek, AZ.
Today Napoleon and I did his favorite hike, and what I like to call the most neighborhood, small town feel, dog friendly hike close to our house. It is 1165 feet of climbing over 1.2 miles to the summit so a pretty good heart pumper.  Considering Camelback is 1.2 miles and 1200 feet it is ...

7 Summit Challenge Phoenix AZ. 3

7 Summit Challenge Phoenix AZ.
AH Yes this was a fantastic fun filled day.  I participated in the 7 Summit Challenge in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.  7 summits, one day, 23 miles and 5,409 feet of climbing.  I ate it up and loved every minute.   I signed up for this and started training hardcore about 6 months prior.  Not ...

Mt. Rogers Virginia

Mt. Rogers Virginia
We were visiting family in Virginia right along the N. Carolina border.  They have a lovely farm in the mountains right near the Grayson Highlands State Park.  Mt. Rogers is the highest point in all of Virgina at 5,729 feet so of course I was all over it.  Certainly not the most monstrous of elevations ...

La Luz in the Sandia’s New Mexico 2

La Luz in the Sandia's New Mexico
This was a BEAST and so worth every drop of sweat.  I started at the tram parking lot via Tramway drive in Albuquerque.  From there I took the tram trail to connect with La Luz and went straight up from there.  This trail was difficult and so much fun.  It was 9 miles to the ...

Pinnacle Peak

Pinnacle Peak
Pinnacle Peak is the trail I frequent most often.  It is the closest to my home and there is always a place to park.  The trail itself is incredibly well kept and absolutely gorgeous.  It is located at Pinnacle Peak park south of Dynamite on Indian School Rd.  The hours are strict for open and ...

Fossil Springs via Strawberry trailhead AZ.

Fossil Springs via Strawberry trailhead AZ.
Fossil Springs is truly an oasis and totally unexpected to those who are not aware of Arizona and all it’s beauty.  My folks have a cabin up in Happy Jack and this was a close and absolutely must see. The hike itself is deceiving for the novice hiker.  It is 8 miles round trip and ...

Hanakapi’ai Trail to the Falls via Kalalau Trail

Hanakapi'ai Trail to the Falls via Kalalau Trail
This may be the most scenic hike I have ever done.  It was incredible and I think of it often.  It is located in Kauai HI. along the Na Pali coastline.  Words cannot express the beauty. This beginning section of the Kalalau trail brings you to Hanakapi`ai beach (2 miles in) with the option to ...

Camelback

Camelback
Camelback is probably the most popular trail in the Phoenix area.  I have done it hundreds of times.  I still love it every time I do it.  There are two ways to access the summit.  One way is via Echo Canyon off McDonald and Tatum.  This is 1.2 miles one way and 1200 feet of ...

Elephant Mountain Ruins via Spur Cross

Elephant Mountain Ruins via Spur Cross
Elephant Mountain is located in Cave Creek AZ.  It has some neat ancient Hohokam ruins at the top however is a bit difficult to get to.  I had my hiking buddy Napoleon with me carrying his own water.  Nobody gets a free ride in this family!  Spur Cross is the newest addition to the Maricopa ...

Granite Mountain Prescott Arizona 1

Granite Mountain Prescott Arizona
Granite Mountain Trail #261 is 8.5 miles round trip and about 1700 feet of climbing total.  This is a fantastic trail and particularly scenic in the spring when the wildflowers are showing their stuff.  Heading out of Prescott on Iron Springs Rd, you will reach FR 374 at about the 3.5 mile mark, where you ...