A feather in your cap
Counterclockwise hike on the Four Peaks Trail #130, Pigeon Spring Trail #134 and FS 648.
Begin on the Four Peaks Trail #130 which is signed to the left(east). Quickly you enter into the Four Peaks Wilderness. Nice views of Roosevelt Lake distract you from the Forest Fire damage all around you from several years ago. Trees are still falling and in some areas there are so many down it appears like an old timber camp. New growth is evident and the Manzanita are thriving. The trail is easy to follow and well used. At 1.09 miles you will note a nice camp spot on the left overlooking Roosevelt Lake. The next intersection you come to is marked Amethyst Trail # 253. Continue on the Four Peaks Trail # 130. At 1.23 miles the trail descends and narrows. You will notice a ridge of pines ahead of you and then a switchback. The trail descends sharply now and your next signed intersection is at 1.39 miles. Marked Pigeon Spring Trail #134, turn left.
From this point to FR 648 is a section of the Arizona Trail. Now is where the trail gets very interesting. The trail is less distinct and narrow but easily followed. Thick with pines that survived the fires, you are in the heart of Arizona Bear country. I only saw one cairn on this entire trip. At 2.88 miles you have arrived at Pigeon Springs water trough. Take a left up the wash and in about 100 feet you will find signed "Pigeon Spring". Continue 1/2 mile up to the trailhead at FR 648. From here it is 1/2 mile to your left on FR 648 to your vehicle. You could also shuttle-key exchange or pre arrange a mountain bike to complete your loop. An enjoyable, cool, loop, with plenty of shade.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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