Flagstaff SummitsFlagstaff, Arizona. At an elevation of almost seven thousand feet, it is one of the highest cities in the United States (of places with a population above 50,000 it’s second only to Santa Fe, NM). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Flagstaff area is also home to the loftiest peaks in the state. And although folks who haven’t been to the state associate Arizona more with cacti, desert, and Gila Monsters, there are alpine summits to be found here as well.
The San Francisco Peaks are the remnants of an ancient stratovolcano that geologists estimate once rose over 16,000 feet. Four peaks, the highest four in Arizona, line what most likely used to be the rim of the volcano (for more information on the San Francisco Volcanic field, see the page here).
The rest of the high summits in the Flagstaff area are either lava domes, cinder cones, hills, or just points that gain such status merely because they’re already situated at such a high elevation that they didn’t have far to go. Nevertheless, the terrain is unique and I think most climbers and hikers would agree that they’re all worth a visit.
The Twenty Highest Flagstaff Area Summits
|State Rank||Peak||Elevation||7.5 minute Quadrangle|
|1||Humphreys Peak||12,633||Humphreys Peak|
|2||Agassiz Peak||12,356||Humphreys Peak|
|3||Fremont Peak||11,969||Humphreys Peak|
|4||Doyle Peak||11,460||Humphreys Peak|
|12||Kendrick Peak||10,418||Kendrick Peak|
|59||Sitgreaves Mountain||9,389||Sitgreaves Mountain|
|68||Elden Mountain||9,299||Flagstaff East|
|70||Sugarloaf||9,283||Sunset Crater West|
|74||Bill Williams Mountain||9,256||Williams South|
|89||UN 9170||9,170||Kendrick Peak|
|102||UN 9065||9,065||White Horse Hills|
|UN 8993||8,993||Wing Mountain|
|O’Leary Peak||8,938||O’Leary Peak|
|Saddle Mountain||8,880||White Horse Hills|
|UN 8843||8,843||Sunset Crater West|
|UN 8842||8,842||White Horse Hills|
|Fern Mountain||8,772||Humphreys Peak|
|UN 8747||8,747||Humphreys Peak|
|Wing Mountain||8,578||Wing Mountain|
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