Saturday, 11 January 2020

The 10 Tallest Peaks in Arizona

Humphreys Peak, Arizona.
The 12,633 ft tall Humphreys Peak is the tallest peak in the US state of Arizona.

Arizona is a US state located in the southwestern part of the country. It is one of the nine Mountain States of the country, and has several mountain ranges with peak heights greater than 10,000 ft, such as the San Francisco Peaks and the White Mountains. A list of the tallest peaks in the state of Arizona is provided below.

1. Humphreys Peak

Humphreys Peak is 12,633 ft tall and the highest point in Arizona. The peak is located in Coconino County, within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, which is part of the Coconino National Forest. The Humphreys Peak is volcanic in origin, and its parent range, the San Francisco Peaks, features a series of dormant volcanoes. A 7.7 km trail route, which starts at a ski resort, leads hikers to the top of the peak.

2. Agassiz Peak

The 12,356 ft tall Agassiz Peak is Arizona’s second tallest mountain. Also located in the San Francisco Peaks range, Agassiz Peak is the southernmost peak in the contiguous United States with an elevation of more than 12,000 ft. The peak was named after famous American biologist and geologist Louis Agassiz. Hiking above the treeline of the mountain is strictly prohibited in all seasons except winter. This rule was introduced to help protect the threatened habitat at higher elevations.

3. Fremont Peak

Part of the parent range of the San Francisco Peaks, With an elevation of 11,973 ft, Fremont Peak is Arizona's third highest peak. The peak is part of the San Francisco Peaks range and is named after celebrated American politician, soldier, and explorer, John Charles Frémont. The mountain is a favorite hiking spot, as it reportedly offers the most scenic views of any peak in the San Francisco Peaks range.

4. Doyle Peak

Doyle Peak has an elevation of 11,460 ft and is regarded as the fourth highest in Arizona. This is lower in elevation than Aubineau Peak (11,838 ft) and Rees Peak (11,474 ft), but since the prominence of both are very low, they are usually not treated as independent peaks. Doyle Peak has a prominence of 660 ft, while the Aubineau and the Rees Peaks have prominences of only 198 ft and 194 ft, respectively. Doyle Peak also belongs to the San Francisco Peaks range.

5. Mount Baldy

The 11,403 ft tall Mount Baldy is the fifth highest mountain in Arizona. The mountain is located in Apache County and is part of the White Mountains range. Hiking to the mountain's summit requires special permits since the mountain is protected as part of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The local Western Apache tribe consider Mount Baldy as a sacred mountain. The mountain is the source of many rivers and streams, including the Salt River and the Little Colorado River. Wildlife thrives in the ecosystem of Mount Baldy.

The 10 Tallest Peaks in Arizona

Rank Peak Elevation (ft) Prominence (ft) Mountain Range

1 Humphreys Peak 12,633 6039 Flagstaff Area
2 Agassiz Peak 12,356 556 Flagstaff Area
San Francisco Mountain 12,297 17 Flagstaff Area
3 Fremont Peak 11,969 615 Flagstaff Area
Aubineau Peak 11,838 198 Flagstaff Area
Rees Peak 11,474 194 Flagstaff Area
4 Doyle Peak 11,460 660 Flagstaff Area
5 Mount Baldy 11,403 4723 White Mountains
Mount Baldy-North Peak 11,400 80 White Mountains
6 Mount Ord 11,357 717 White Mountains
7 Paradise Butte 11,150 470 White Mountains
Mount Thomas 11,121 161 White Mountains
Mount Warren 11,036 36 White Mountains
8 Peak 10932 10,932 372 White Mountains
9 Escudilla Mountain 10,912 2372 White Mountains
10 Mount Graham 10,720 6320 Bisbee-Tombstone Area

By Oishimaya Sen Nag

•culled from www.worldatlas.com

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