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Four Peaks Trail #130
is part of the network of trails including portions of the AZT and the Pigeon Springs Trail.
Need to Know
Getting there, be sure to have good ground clearance. Many use the road to the trail for off-roading fun, and some days the road in is heavily traveled with ATVs, bikes, Jeeps, and other off-road vehicles. Respect the USDA Forest Service restrictions, particularly the fire bans if you plan on camping and running. You can call the Mesa Ranger Station for details. The ranger station recommended precautions for wildlife such as bear spray. There are no services, water, or restrooms.
A good workout for those who like to run hills. The trail has challenging descents and ascents throughout the distance. The trail can contain loose rocks and roots. The trail can be narrow at points with drop-offs. Steady footwork is a must in some portions of the trail. Recommended to have a running partner for this particular trail. You may encounter some hikers on the weekends.
The Four Peaks Trail #130
is well marked at both the trailhead and on the trail itself. Driving to the trailhead, you can expect an hour drive up a 4x4 trail to Brown's Peak
. There is a parking area at the trailhead just off of Pigeon Springs Rd. Download the Trail Run Project mobile app
or bring a map as cell signals can be limited. There are a number of trails including the AZT in the area. Passage 20 and 21 are in this area. Browns Peak Trail is also accessible.
From the parking area at the trailhead off of Pigeon Spring Rd, there are trail markers for both Brown's Peak
and the Four Peaks Trail #130
. The trail starts out heading downhill from the parking lot and continues to descend and narrow as you move further from the more trafficked portions of the trail.
At just over 1.6 miles, runners will turn east onto the AZT - Passage 20 - Four Peaks
section of the Arizona Trail. This section has a lot of ups and downs with scenic views of Tonto National Forest, Roosevelt Lake, and the Four Peaks. At just over 12 miles with some sections containing over 30% grades, and it is a very difficult trail in certain portions.
Flora & Fauna
Cactus and other Arizona flora and fauna can be found throughout the trail. This is bear country. Rattlesnakes and mountain lions are also in the area. Much of the trail is exposed to shade from the pines that have grown back in areas damaged by the 1996 fire. The scars of the fire are evident throughout the area.
History & Background
Large portions of this area of Tonto National Forest were destroyed in a fire in the mid-90's. The area is still recovering. The area is also host to amethyst mines.
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