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Pigeon Springs Loop, AZ

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Distance Loop 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,700 feet
Elevation Gain -316 feet
Accumulated Gain 824 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.72
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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32  2016-08-01
Pigeon Spring Loop
6  2015-04-03
Pigeon Trail #134
17  2013-03-17 Nightstalker
25  2012-10-20 outdoor_lover
24  2011-02-12
Four Peaks - AZT #20
9  2007-10-31 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:15am - 7:39pm
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Warning the 2020 Bush Fire damaged most of the Four Peak Wilderness after almost recovering from the 1996 Lone Pine Fire.
A feather in your cap
by AZLOT69

Counterclockwise hike on the Four Peaks Trail #130, Pigeon 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. Lovely 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, so many are down it appears like an old timber camp. New growth is evident, and the Manzanita is 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 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 the 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. This is an enjoyable, cool loop with plenty of shade.

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2007-10-31 AZLOT69
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Lone Pine Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) to the Four Peaks Turnoff which is FR143. FR143 is well marked. Follow FR143 for about 19 miles of sheer hell in a car to the Mazatzal Divide. Turn right here onto FR648 and follow about 2 miles to the trailhead.

    From Mesa by CannondaleKid ( 2018-07-20 )
    From Red Mountain 202 & AZ 87/Country Club Dr
    5.0 miles = AZ 87/Gilbert Road intersection
    11.7 miles = AZ 87/Shea Boulevard intersection
    13.7 miles = AZ 87/Fort McDowell (Casino) Road intersection
    21.9 miles = AZ 87/Bush Highway overpass
    26.7 miles = AZ 87/Four Peaks Road (FR 143) Turn RIGHT

    From AZ 87/Beeline Highway & FR 143/Four Peaks Rd
    0.81 miles = Four Peaks Recreational Parking Lot Continue straight
    1.43 miles = Secondary Recreational Parking Lot Continue straight
    2.08 miles = Recreational Parking Lot at Forest Road 401 Bear LEFT
    3.38 miles = Forest Road 11 (Great Western Trail) 90-degree RIGHT turn
    4.05 miles = Forest Road 1521 90-degree curve LEFT
    10.87 miles = Forest Road 143A (Cline TH) Sharp 160-degree RIGHT turn
    14.98 miles = Mud Spring TH Bear LEFT and continue
    17.75 miles = Cattle Guard/Forest Road 648 Sharp 180-degree RIGHT turn
    19.10 miles = Lone Pine Trailhead End of FR 648

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 60.6 mi - about 2 hours 2 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 159 mi - about 3 hours 21 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 161 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
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