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.
(San Francisco Peaks HP)
(White Mtns HP)
|14||Kaibab Plateau HP||3580||69.1||9200+||2018|
(Chuska Mtns HP)
(Unikaret Plateau HP)
(Carizzo Mtns HP)
|51||Bill Williams Mountain||2296||14.9||9256|
|54||Grand Wash Cliffs
(Music Mtns HP)
|92||Black Mesa HP||1808||41.0||8168|
(Shivwits Plateau HP)
|Selected New Mexico Peaks|
|NM 3||Sandia Crest
(Sandia Mtns HP)
|NM 11||Wheeler Peak
(Taos Mtns HP)
|NM 31||Black Peak
(Pinos Altos Range HP)
|NM 34||Brushy Mountain
(Summit Mtns HP)
|NM 46||Burro Peak
(Big Burro Mtns HP)
(52/73) (64/100) (25/40)
Arizona's Most Prominent and Isolated Peaks (and others)
= Peaks climbed = Next = No Plans
SourcesPeakbagger.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