Peaks are much easier to identify than canyons, although there are still some tricky decisions to make. Peaks were found in the digital elevation model by searching for points that are higher than all of the points in the surrounding neighborhood. Our criteria for inclusion in the Challenge were as follows.
Discussion of Special Cases and Near Misses
Even with these concrete
criteria, there were still many tricky cases that could have gone either
way. Here's how we decided the marginal cases.
|Mt. Baldy (White Mountains). Mt. Baldy but the actual summit and last 200 feet of elevation are within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and are closed to hiking. This is sacred ground and you should not violate it. We decided to include Baldy anyway because it is the highest mountain in Eastern Arizona and the trail reaches a subpeak with 360º views.||Agassiz Peak, Fremont Peak, Aubineau Peak, Doyle Peak (Flagstaff area). These are the 2nd-5th highest peaks in Arizona, but they are all closed to hiking due to sensitive tundra, and have no trails.|
|Blue Peak (Blue Range). Climbing Blue Peak directly from the road is much less than 1,000 foot elevation gain. However, by doing a loop trail in which you first drop down into KP Canyon, the climb to Blue Peak from the bottom is a ____ foot elevation gain.||Mt. Graham (Safford area). The highest peak in SE Arizona has a road to the top and is closed to hikers. A telescope is being constructed on the summit, and there is an environmental controversy over the construction's impact on the Mt. Graham red squirrel.|
|O'Leary Peak (Sunset Crater area). O'Leary Peak is the only cinder cone near Sunset Crater that is legal to climb. Although the hike is on a gravel road, there is a gate across the road and it is closed to vehicular traffic, thus providing a pleasant hiking experience. The hike from the gate is slighlty less than 1,000 feet, so we advise parking ___ miles below the gate to qualify for the 1,000 foot challenge.||Greens Peak (White Mountains area). The trail has much less than 1,000 feet elevation gain. The forest road leading to the trail is open to through traffic, and even with it there is not 1,000 feet of elevation gain.|
|Webb Peak (Mt. Graham area). There is a loop trail up Webb Peak with over 900 feet of elevation gain, but you can easily make it 1,000 feet by taking a short detour down and back up a connecting trail.|
|Mt. Lemmon (Tucson area), Mt. Elden and Bill Williams Mtn. (Flagstaff area), and Clark Peak (Mt. Graham area). All of these peaks have roads to the summit lookout towers, but there are also trails to the summit.|