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Four Peaks Mother Lode, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,694 feet
Elevation Gain 1,944 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8-16 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 31.3
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2020-04-11 clayncallaway
8  2018-03-31
Four Peaks Mother Lode Attempt
8  2016-04-30 uphill_junkie
19  2016-04-30 BiFrost
5  2015-10-24 DennisWilliams
9  2015-05-25 friendofThunderg
9  2015-03-28 DennisWilliams
18  2014-11-29 DennisWilliams
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → 6 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:33am - 7:30pm
Official Route
4 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Three 200550.4 mi*
🔥 2020 Bush Fire193.5k
🔥 2019 Woodbury Fire123.8k
🔥 2014 Browns Fire6.6 mi*
🔥 2005 Three Fire15.4k
🔥 2005 Edge Complex Fire72.3k
🔥 1996 Lone Fire65.1k
🔥 1970 Soldier Fire13.9 mi*
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Warning the 2020 Bush Fire damaged most of the Four Peak Wilderness after almost recovering from the 1996 Lone Pine Fire.
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2020 Legal Notice
The legal non-technical route is 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 as described in MLDV below. Never go on private property without permission.

Summary space is reserved. Triplogs tell the story well.

Extreme outing, majority of trek is off trail scrambling to class four ( class three if you choose wisely ) that requires nerves of steel.

Trail data is likely inaccurate. It's unlikely the same route will be taken twice until you get to know the peaks on a personal basis.

For clarification, peaks are noted as
North to South:
Brown's Peak 7657(1)
Brother Peak 7642(2)
Sister Peak 7572(3)
Amethyst Peak 7524(4)

The name "Four Peaks Mother Lode" was dubbed in 2003 on a 4-3-2-1 approach. It crosses private property, which is no longer being granted. Stay legal with the 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 approach.

The term MLDV - "Mother Lode Dos Veces" surfaced in 2009. Meaning over the peaks and back (7 summits) 1-2-3-4-3-2-1.

View this graph of the route going backwards starting at (4).

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
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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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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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