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Arizona's Most Prominent and Isolated Peaks

The topographic prominence of a peak is the height of the peak's summit as the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it. It is a measure of the independence of a peak.

The topographic isolation of a peak is the minimum great-circle distance from the peak's summit to a point of equal elevation. Topographic isolation represents a radius of dominance in which the peak is the highest point.

This page lists the 100 most prominent peaks in Arizona and the 40 peaks in Arizona with at least 25 miles of isolation. The combined list is ranked by prominence, and only five of the most isolated peaks are not also the most prominent.

I am exploring these peaks from my winter base in Tucson. My highest priority are the 73 peaks in Arizona with at least 2000 feet of prominence. I include other peaks of interest to me below, mostly the highpoints of named mountain ranges near Tucson.

The peaks in this list are organized according to the three physiographic regions of Arizona described in Wikipedia: Geography of Arizona.

Physiographic regions of Arizona

Physiographic regions of Arizona
By Mortadelo2005 - Basado en el mapa que aparece en esta página.,
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The Peaks

Basin and Range
Rank Peak Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Elevation
(feet)
Year
1 Mount Graham
(Pinaleno Mtns HP)
6320 82.4 10720 2014
3 Mount Lemmon
(Santa Catalina Mtns HP)
5157 51.5 9157 2013
4 Chiricahua Peak
(Chiricahua Mtns HP)
5139 64.2 9759 2014
5 Miller Peak
(Huachuca Mtns HP)
5006 66.5 9466 2015
7 Mica Mountain
(Rincon Mtns HP)
4608 20.4 8664 2015
8 Mount Wrightson
(Santa Rita Mtns HP)
4578 38.8 9453 2015
9 Hualapai Peak
(Hualapai Mtns HP)
4439 95.2 8417  
10 Baboquivari Peak
(Baboquivari Mtns HP)
4194 42.0 7734 2017
13 Mount Tipton
(Cerbat Mtns HP)
3628 33.8 7148  
15 Mount Turnbull
(Santa Teresa Mtns HP)
3562 25.7 8282 2016
16 Signal Peak
(Kofa Mtns HP)
3477 51.8 4877 2017
17 Harquahala Mountain
(Harquahala Mtns HP)
3461 42.9 5681  
19 Dos Cabezas Peaks
(Dos Cabezas Mtns HP)
3249 27.3 8359 2017
20 "Hayes Peak"
(Sierra Estrella HP)
3212 47.4 4512 2015
21 Mount Wilson
(Black Mtns)
3205 28.0 5445  
23 Bassett Peak
(Galiuro Mtns HP)
3123 19.6 7663 2017
24 Crossman Peak
(Mohave Mtns HP)
3120 21.7 5100  
28 Mount Bangs
(Virgin Mtns)
2892 19.4 8012  
29 Apache Peak
(Whetstone Mtns HP)
2886 20.1 7711 2018
30 Mount Glenn
(Dragoon Mtns HP)
2840 27.3 7480 2016
31 Smith Peak
(Harcuvar Mtns HP)
2792 16.4 5242  
32 Mount Ajo
(Ajo Range HP)
2698 61.2 4808 2016
34 Fissure Peak
(Mule Mtns HP)
2675 12.8 7375 2015
35 Gu Achi Peak
(Santa Rosa Mtns HP)
2636 15.3 4556 2016
37 Barry Goldwater Peak
(White Tank Mtns HP)
2503 26.8 4083 2018
38 Newman Peak
(Picacho Mtns HP)
2500 24.5 4480 2016
40 Pinnacle Ridge
(Santa Teresa Mtns)
2470 13.0 7550 2017
42 Keystone Peak
(Sierrita Mtns HP)
2448 20.4 6188 2015
47 Table Top
(Table Top Mtns HP)
2333 31.3 4373 2015
48 Coyote Mountains HP 2329 4.6 6529 2017
49 Sheep Mountain
(Gila Mounains HP - Yuma)
2326 34.6 3156 2018
50 Reiley Peak
(Winchester Mtns HP)
2320 13.1 7640 2018
52 Rincon Peak
(Rincon Mtns)
2282 6.8 8482 2015
55 North Peloncillo Mtns HP 2193 23.2 6520 2017
56 Mohawk Peak
(Mohawk Mtns HP)
2140 19.5 2775 2018
57 Cunningham Mountain
(Dome Rock Mtns HP)
2136 16.1 3316 2017
59 Wasson Peak
(Tucson Mtns HP)
2117 13.5 4687 2015
60 Peacock Peak
(Peacock Mtns HP)
2092 11.9 6292  
60 Kitt Peak
(Quinlan Mtns HP)
2092 11.8 6880 2015
62 Castle Dome Peak
(Castle Dome Mtns HP)
2088 18.4 3788 2017
63 Woolsey Peak
(Gila Bend Mtns HP)
2071 29.2 3171 2018
66 Harcuvar Peak
(Harcuvar Mtns)
2048 8.2 4618  
67 Mount Perkins
(Black Mtns HP)
2036 16.7 5456  
68 Mae West Peaks
(Little Dragoon Mtns HP)
2026 12.0 6726 2016
69 Swisshelm Mountain
(Swisshelm Mtns HP)
2025 11.3 7185 2016
70 South Mountain 2020 17.0 4160 2017
71 Pinta Benchmark
(Sierra Pinta HP)
2010 27.7 2950 2018
72 Silver Peak
(Chiricahua Mtns)
2008 3.6 8008 2017
74 Cimarron Peak 1984 26.0 4124  
75 Mount Devine
(North Comobabi Mtns HP)
1983 14.3 4783 2017
76 Copper Mountains HP 1968 13.4 2888  
77 Atascosa Peak
(Atascosa Mtns HP)
1960 22.0 6422 2015
80 San Cayetano Peak
(San Cayetano Mtns HP)
1924 8.3 6004 2017
81 Silver Bell Peak
(Silver Bell Mtns HP)
1921 21.7 4261 2016
82 Cathedral Rock
(Santa Catalina Mtns)
1917 3.3 7957  
83 Cochise Head
(Chiricahua Mtns)
1913 9.0 8113 2017
84 Huachuca Peak
(Huachuca Mtns)
1910 4.4 8410 2018
85 Black Mountain 1907 19.3 5587 2017
86 Buckskin Benchmark
(Buckskin Mtns HP)
1887 11.1 3927  
87 Eagletail Peak
(Eagletail Mtns HP)
1880 16.8 3300  
89 Cabeza Benchmark
(Cabeza Prieta Mtns HP)
1830 14.3 2830  
94 Nutt Benchmark 1786 18.1 5216  
95 Whitlock Mountains HP 1782 10.7 5682 2018
97 Saddle Mountain 1777 13.2 3037 2018
98 Mesquite Benchmark
(Mesquite Mtns HP)
1769 13.6 3789  
104 Mount Washington
(Patagonia Mtns HP)
1709 20.6 7221 2018
130 Picacho Peak
(Picacho Mtns)
1573 4.3 3370 2015
132 Colorado Benchmark
(Cerro Colorado Mtns HP)
1559 10.1 5319 2017
137 Mustang Mountains HP 1544 6.0 6469 2018
169 Tumacacori Mountains HP 1416 7.5 5736 2017
>200 Martina Mountain
(Roskruge Mtns HP)
1242 4.6 4044 2016
>200 West Silver Bell Mtns HP 1140 10.2 3100 2017
>200 Jeffords Peak
(Tortolita Mtns HP)
1136 12.0 4696 2017
>200 Fraguita Peak
(Cobre Ridge HP)
1089 7.6 5369 2017
>200 Sawtooth Mountains HP 1020 8.5 2630 2018
>200 Las Guijas Mountains HP 805 7.8 4665 2017

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Arizona Transition Zone
Rank Peak Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Elevation
(feet)
Year
11 Pinal Peak
(Pinal Mtns HP)
4090 35.1 7850 2014
12 Mazatzal Peak
(Mazatzal Mtns HP)
3943 27.2 7903  
18 Browns Peak
(Mazatzal Mtns)
3297 25.6 7657 2017
26 Mount Union
(Bradshaw Mtns HP)
2939 54.4 7979 2018
27 Woodchute Mountain
(Black Hills HP)
2900 25.7 7840 2018
36 Apache Peaks
(Blackjack Mtns HP)
2580 16.9 6940 2017
41 Aztec Peak
(Sierra Ancha HP)
2468 35.9 7748 2016
43 Mount Ord
(Mazatzal Mtns)
2408 9.3 7128 2014
44 Guthrie Peak 2391 14.3 6571 2017
53 Bryce Mountain
(Gila Mtns HP - Graham)
2228 17.2 7298  
58 Weaver Peak
(Weaver Mtns HP)
2134 18.3 6574  
64 Mohon Peak
(Mohon Mtns HP)
2059 34.1 7499  
65 Pine Mountain
(Verde Rim)
2054 18.5 6814 2018
73 Turtle Mountain 2004 8.5 7004 2018
79 Towers Mountain
(Bradshaw Mtns)
1948 11.7 7628  
88 Mitchell Peak
(White Mtns)
1831 14.0 7951  
90 Superstition Benchmark
(Superstition Mtns HP)
1817 11.8 5057 2018
92 El Capitan Mountain
(Mescal Mtns HP)
1808 5.5 6568  
98 West Cedar Mountain 1769 5.7 5489  

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Colorado Plateau
Rank Peak Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Elevation
(feet)
Year
2 Humphreys Peak
(San Francisco Peaks HP)
6039 245.9 12633 2011
6 Mount Baldy
(White Mtns HP)
4723 154.0 11403 2017
14 Kaibab Plateau HP 3580 69.1 9200+  
22 Roof Butte
(Chuska Mtns HP)
3140 59.3 9800  
25 Mount Trumbull
(Unikaret Plateau HP)
2969 45.9 8029  
33 Pastora Peak
(Carizzo Mtns HP)
2687 18.5 9407  
39 Kendrick Peak 2478 9.5 10418  
45 Maple Peak 2374 10.9 8294  
46 Escudilla Mountain
(White Mtns)
2372 24.6 10912 2017
51 Bill Williams Mountain 2296 14.9 9256  
54 Grand Wash Cliffs
(Music Mtns HP)
2209 21.8 6769  
78 Sitgreaves Mountain 1949 9.5 9389  
91 Vishnu Temple 1813 1.7 7533  
92 Black Mesa HP 1808 41.0 8168  
96 O'Leary Peak 1778 5.2 8938  
100 Mount Dellenbaugh
(Shivwits Plateau HP)
1752 22.7 7072  
111 Mount Floyd 1671 28.9 7441  
122 Hutch Mountain 1612 32.0 8532  
>200 Manzanita Benchmark 1222 28.9 7392  
>200 Yale Point 912 30.0 8092  
>200 Hauke Mesa 689 25.6 6829  

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Arizona's Most Prominent and Isolated Peaks (and others)

climbed = Peaks climbed   unclimbed = Next   unclimbed = No Plans

Sources

Peakbagger.com: Paul's Arizona 2000 foot Prominent Peaks
Peakbagger.com: Paul's Arizona 100 Most Prominent Peaks
Summitpost: Arizona's Top 100 Peaks by Prominence
Peakbagger.com: Paul's Arizona Peaks with 25 Miles Isolation

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