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Peak 4020 - Mineral Mountain Quad, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 2.88 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,802 feet
Elevation Gain 221 feet
Accumulated Gain 860 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
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25  2012-07-02 CannondaleKid
Author CannondaleKid
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by CannondaleKid

Peak 4020 is located in the Mineral Mountain Quadrangle, which is just south of the US 60 between Florence Junction and Superior. Typical of peaks in the Mineral Mountain Quad, the drive to the trailhead is every bit as much of a challenge as the actual climb, and Peak 4020 is no different. Depending on the capability of your vehicle and how far you are willing to drive it, one-way this hike can be as short as 1.4 miles or just over 3 miles each way. If you begin your hike from the same point as I did, it will be the same trailhead as for used for Peaks 4140 & 4141.


From the same trailhead, rather than the immediate climb for Peak 4020, you will slowly descend along the same ancient Jeep trail as you would for Peak 4141 but in this case you will continue until it rises up to a flat natural tank area. Since there is no trail as such, when and where you decide to climb is up to you. The first peak above on your right is NOT Peak 4020, but I'd still recommend ascending toward it. Once you near the top, bear left and follow the saddle to the south. Now with a good view of Peak 4020 you can adjust your route as you go. As you approach Peak 4020, just stay slightly to the right of the rocky ridge and you should have no problem reaching the summit, which is a large flat area.

As with the views from almost any peak out this way, the views from the summit are awesome. A pretty long stretch of Arizona Trail segment #16 can be seen along the slopes to the east adn south. The old mine road from Martinez Mill to Columbia and Silver Bell Mines can be seen to the west.

Being so close to Peak 4140 and Peak 4141, you may want to climb them as well for a three-peak day.

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2012-07-08 CannondaleKid
    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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    AZ State Land Recreational Permits are available for an individual ($15.00), or a family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18 ($20.00).




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    Take the US 60 east toward Globe, continuing about 3.5 miles east of Florence Junction to the turn-off onto the dirt North Mineral Mountain Road. You will be crossing Arizona Trust Land so be sure to have secured your annual permit. Heading south from the US 60 you will continue on N Mineral Mtn Rd to the junction with Ajax Mine Trail (road) at about 7 miles. (Note, there will be other junctions prior to this point so I'd recommend you download the GPS route for the drive.) Continue east on Ajax Mine Trail for about 5.2 miles to N33.20716 W111.15008. This is the junction where Ajax Mine Trail, Telegraph Canyon Road (SW from Superior) and Forest Road 976 meet. From there I'd suggest following the GPS route I posted.
    page created by CannondaleKid on Jul 08 2012 11:51 am
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