This is a guest post by Mitch Stevens, founder and lead guide for Southwest Discoveries, a hiking and adventure company based in Tucson. In this article, he writes about climbing up Dos Cabezas, a mountain range known for its twin granite peaks (thus the name “two heads” in Spanish). Read on as he takes us along with him on his journey to the peak of Dos Cabezas, beginning with his exhilaration at the summit.
Dos Cabezas – Hiking a Desert Classic
After two hours of steep off-trail scrambling, including climbing underneath a giant chock stone propped up against a slot canyon, we reached a dead-end. A sheer 600-foot monolith stood between us and the summit of Dos Cabezas Peak. We approached what appeared to be an opening in the rock however it went nowhere. Several of us peered around the bend to the left of the cliff-face but the footing was dicey with sheer drops to the valley floor below. Then we heard a voice bellow behind us: “I found it, follow me!” The man behind the voice prefers to be addressed as John seJerman or John the German. Born in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, John is an avid hiker, adventurer and lover of life. His enthusiasm is contagious. We backtracked 25 yards and followed him up and over a boulder which afforded easy access to several well-defined ridges near the summit. We climbed staircase-like steps in the hard granite and topped out shortly afterwards on the south tower of Dos Cabezas. Victory and exhilaration!