Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation gai

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Linked Guide  • Four Peaks Mother Lode, AZ
Type Standard Hike, Climb, etc
 
Start Date 2013-02-24
 
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Peter_Medal
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Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation gai

Post by Peter_Medal » Feb 19 2013 9:54 am

Sunday, February 24, 2013
7:00 AM

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

Peter Medal
602-469-7400

meetup http://www.meetup.com/TLC-Hiking-Group/ ... 104260572/

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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by nonot » Feb 23 2013 2:20 pm

I think enough responses have been made to warn these folks about the poor conditions they should expect. Hopefully they will plan appropriately, or revise their plans.

If any of the original posters are still following - don't get upset by everybody chipping on your plans - there are a large number of "bad ideas" that this forum sees posted by people completely unaware and incapable of performing what they are asking about. So as a result, a few warning serve their purpose - to persuade people away from a bad idea. If your group is very experienced and capable of performing this trip as planned, kudos to you. I have always wanted to get into technical mountaineering, which is more along the lines of what this trip will be like at this time of year. Hope you continue to share your adventures with hikeaz in the future.
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by rally_toad » Feb 23 2013 4:11 pm

I understand that the itinerary for the trip changed, but it seemed as though some were insulted that we would even question the safety of this trip at this time of year. What is the point of being so defensive? We simply don't want to see this turned into a news story. We aren't attacking someone's ability as a hiker. We are simply questioning the choice to hike the Motherlode in snowy, icy conditions when this can be a dangerous hike in good conditions. We want people to be safe. We aren't attacking their abilities.
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by Tough_Boots » Feb 23 2013 5:37 pm

Just the fact that me and rally_toad agree on this should be reason to question it. I mean-- we did battle opposite sides in one of the most legendary fights in HAZ history :sl:
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by DarthStiller » Feb 23 2013 11:47 pm

@Tough_Boots
Yeah, I was noticing that earlier today and hesitated to mention it in fear of hi-jacking the thread.

But I didn't get the impression that anyone was really insulted. Mr. Medal still has yet to respond at all in this forum. Mr. louie just seems to have tried to clarify the communication gap. I can see how the wording of the original post comes across as complacent, but from there, I think these guys are knowledgeable, capable, and too busy to respond to be insulted.

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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by Peter_Medal » Feb 24 2013 12:26 am

Wow, I just joined this group....feel like a bull in a china shop. Hopefully will not be banned or discharged from the group.

thanks for the warnings ...my crew and I will be fine.... the excursion has been modified to simply start from Mud Springs over to the west ridgeline and work it east towards Browns Peak for just 2.5 hours...if we summit, sweet, if not, then turnaround...bust...ohh well, better luck next time. I heard the cash game at Fort McDowell is pretty juicy Sunday afternoons, so I am just doing this as a Mt. Whitney training hike for my crew and hope to clean up off the donk tards at the poker tables. In terms of my sanity.... for the record I am not wired properly. I am a can short of a six pack. I live at 7100' in Walker, AZ... Mt. Union, Mt. Davis, Mt. Tritle, Big Bug Mesa, Grapevine falls/canyon, Spruce Mountain...they are all in my backyard and are used as such. I drive in mountainous snow conditions (have chains and use them regularly so no worries there). I snow hike all the time; peak camping at -5 degrees; ... ..should blizzard conditions hit, I cant tent out for as long as we need. ... How about a LIKE yo's.

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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by outdoor_lover » Feb 24 2013 8:10 am

@Peter Medal
Let us know how it goes...You can post a Triplog and Photos on this site too.... :)
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by Peter_Medal » Feb 25 2013 10:27 am

after 2 hours, just made it about 150' feet below the west ridgeline, then had to turnaround....boo! Want to bag and tag the 1,2,3,4,3,2,1 but with an overnight camping at the base of the peaks...making it a 2 day excursion, perhaps in March. Very impressed with the ROAD. Last time I was here was 20+ years ago and the road was much thinner and more rugged. Was amazed at the volume of off roaders on the road.

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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by chumley » Feb 25 2013 10:57 am

Sounds like fun Peter. Please share a triplog and photos if you have any. (black post button, top upper left of any page)
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by Peter_Medal » Feb 25 2013 3:10 pm

I am a loser, I dont have a GPS to share a log :( but when I do this again, for real, will make sure I have one.

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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by outdoor_lover » Feb 25 2013 3:14 pm

@Peter Medal
No one is a loser here.... :) You don't need a GPS Route in order to share a Triplog and Photoset. Or just a Triplog, or just a Photoset...I've been doing Triplogs on here for well over a year and still don't have a GPS.... :D If you need help with doing a Triplog, you can PM the Webmaster for help or any of us winners and we'll be glad to help you....If you want I'll even do it over the phone and talk you through it.... :)
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by ASUAviator » Feb 26 2013 10:18 pm

Peter Medal wrote:I live at 7100' in Walker, AZ... Mt. Union, Mt. Davis, Mt. Tritle, Big Bug Mesa, Grapevine falls/canyon, Spruce Mountain...
I love that area, my uncle used to have a cabin in Groom Creek and I spent alot of time getting to know those mountains. Lots to discover there. I found a stolen car from califonia on the back side of Tritle when I was 15. Pretty sketchy. Im gonna buy that cabin back someday. Wish he never sold it.

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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by RickVincent » Feb 28 2013 4:44 pm

Hey there's always Salome Jug in March. Bet the water is ripping through there about this time. Would definitely be one for the thrillseekers.
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Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Post by outdoor_lover » Feb 28 2013 7:03 pm

I may have to try and invest in a wetsuit.... :D
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