This mountain is exclusive to Summitpost and Hikearizona.com.
No place else on the web will you find information on hiking this mountain. This mountain stands alone along I-40, very visible but very few bothers to ask, "What is that mountain?" It's just passed by. Very few people actually take the time to figure out what the name of it is and figure out a route to get up it. It does not have a summit log on top, but its neighbor, Peak 9004 does. From seeing the summit log from that mountain, not more that 5 people per month hike it. It probably gets 2 parties per month on top.
Sitgreaves was created by different smaller lava domes forming in the same area and on top of each other, which explains why there are so many false peaks all over the mountain. It sits on the same fault line that Kendrick Peak and Bill Williams Mountain resides.
This Mountain stands alone north of I-40 between Flagstaff and Williams. There is no trail to the top. There are many false peaks all over the mountain. To hike the mountain you need the 7.5-minute topo maps of Parks and Sitgreaves Mtn. You need to be good at route finding also. This Peak can be done alone or done with Peak 9,004. If you choose to hike it hiking over Peak 9,004, you will hike over 3 other false peaks as well. The climb is very steep up and down on every false peak. The forest is thick enough that you have to rely on the map quite a bit, it's easy to get off course. The hike to the top could take 5 hours, and one hour back down. It takes quite a bit of route finding to get yourself back to your vehicle as well. This mountain is rarely hiked. It sees few visitors.
Getting There/ The Route
From Flagstaff take I-40 west until you get to exit 171. Take Fr 75 for about 2 miles. The first mile is paved. Then take Fr 74 around Bald Mtn. Take a sharp turn left up Fr 833. Park at the bend of 833. The Forest Roads get rough.
You will see a road and a small ridge heading to the mountain. Hike up that road until it ends. Once it ends, hike up a steep ridge on the right and follow it until it levels out, then hike up the gentle slope to Peak 9,004. From there follow the ridge up 3 false peak then finally the summit. To get down hike to the saddle of the peak and false peak then descend to the gully angling your way back to your vehicle.
When To Climb
You may not be able to reach the mountain in the snow. Best to hike the mountain may-Sept. The mountain may be too steep to hike in the snow.
You can camp anywhere. No camping fees.
Andinistaloco - Jun 15, 2006 5:54 pm - Hasn't votedSummit Log
Steve, Sitgreaves has a summit log now. Went back a couple of years.