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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
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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