Sunday, February 24, 2013
Fort McDowell Casino, This is just north of 87 (Beeline)
10438 N Fort Mcdowell Road , Fort McDowell, AZ
Meet up at Fort McDowell Casino, 6:45 to 7AM.
7AM, drive North on Highway 87; 12 Miiles to FOUR PEAKS ROAD. Take FOUR PEAKS ROAD 15.1 Miles to the MUD SPRINGS TRAILHEAD
Those with cars or a low profile vehicle are recommended to carpool from the meetup spot. Four Peaks road is a rugged path for high profile vehicles only.
This hike goes up 4.22 miles then back; 8.44 cumulative hike miles. There is 6300' in cumulative Elevation Gain. The first few miles are fairly easy; once we hit the peaks, there is some non-technical rock climbing.
Four Peaks, at 7657 ft in altitude, is a prominent landmark on the eastern skyline of Phoenix, part of the Mazatzal Mountains. It is located in the Tonto National Forest 40 mi east-northeast of Phoenix, in the 60740 acre Four Peaks Wilderness. On rare occasions, Four Peaks offers much of the Phoenix metro area a view of snow covered peaks, and is the highest point in Maricopa County.
Google Earth 3D Flyover of the peaks:
http://mw1.google.com/mw-earth-vectordb ... a323e4.kmz
meetup http://www.meetup.com/TLC-Hiking-Group/ ... 104260572/
"Before there was a trail..... there was no trail"