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Four Peaks Trail #130Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking12.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   12 Hrs      1.25 mph
4,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
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1st time in the Mazzies, ever. :) Have been planning and looking forward to this Hike for a month. There were only a couple of people with this Hike listed on their Wish List, so I sent out a couple of PM's and found out that Adam was really interested in doing it. We set a date fairly quickly and I got a vacation day set up. Adam thought we should do this with a Shuttle and after looking at it closer, I was all for that....He also wanted to try for a weekend day so he could bring his daughter with. He said she was a go getter when it came to hiking. (That was quite the understatement...) :sweat:

And of course, he asked me the all important question, do we hike up the Trail or go down from Lone Pine? Well, like the gung ho, dumb pumpkin that I am, I say, WTH, let's go up... :sweat: I figure that I'll never get any better at going uphill, if I don't go uphill... :) And I'm always a glutton for punishment, so it seems....

We met at Jake's Corner at 6:30 and drove up to the Lone Pine Saddle to leave my vehicle. Adam not only brought along his daughter, Hayden, but decided to make it a true family affair and had his Dad, Tony, join us as well. Of course, it might have been a different story if he hadn't left out the actual AEG for this Hike, when convincing them to come....I guess Adam thought just telling them the Elevation Gain was enough information. :sl: I kinda spoiled Adam's big surprise, as I was having trouble not laughing about it...I'm surprised his entire family didn't disown him on the spot. :lol: Adam also brought his sweet Labrador, Maya. I'm sure she had no idea how hard this would be either... :sweat:

I was following them up El Oso Road, which was just fine for just about any vehicle. I was oogling the pretty Sunrise, while Tony's vehicle was avoiding the White-tailed Deer that were running across the road. I missed seeing them all together. :cry: That was the only "Fauna" seen all day. Only heard a couple of birds even. It was incredibly quiet the whole trip.

Dropped my vehicle at Lone Pine, then we drove down to the Mills Ridge TH on FR429. This road was actually in as good or better shape than El Oso Road was. Probably a problem for alot of vehicles when it's wet though...Setting up the Shuttle took longer than I think we expected, so it was almost mid morning before we actually hit the Trail itself. After researching this Trail, I came to find out that the AZT #20, encompasses most of this Trail. That was kind of cool, knowing I was actually Hiking part of the AZT too.... :)

Ok, now reality hits and I get to pay for my decision to go "up". Wow! The first 1.5 was a real huffer for me. Excellent workout!!! Kind of like Picketpost, you pretty much start going up at the first step. :sweat: I knew just from dropping off the vehicle, that even though it's not much for mileage, it was going to be a very tough Hike, and it was already living up to that. You almost hated to see any downhill on this Trail, because you knew you were going to have to make it up, plus some. Adam's a good strong hiker, his daughter kicked some pumpkin on this hike and his dad, Tony, was no slouch either. Tony left me in the dust quite a bit on the uphills. I hope I can be like that in a few more years.....

The Trail itself was very well defined and easy to follow for the 1st half of the Hike. The 2nd Half of the Hike, the Trail was still defined, but just in a little tougher condition. There were areas where the Trail was slightly overgrown in places, so you had to kind of "plow" through some Manzanita. There were other areas where the Trail was only about a foot wide, on a slope, and it was loose, soft dirt, so you really had to pay attention to your footing. A couple of times I would step, and the actual Trail would "give way" a little and you struggled to stay up. In a couple of places further up, there was a little bit of snow on the Trail, but it only made things a little "dicey" in a couple of areas. We also ran into some serious rockslide areas, but were able to negotiate across the rock without any trouble.

We took a few breaks, grabbed some snacks when we could, and I made serious friends with Maya, the dog, while eating a sandwich. :D Very physical hike just about the whole trip, but it was good and the views were spectacular. Looking at Roosevelt Lake from a different perspective other than from a Bass Boat, was very cool. I have definitely caught my share of Largemouth Bass and had a few adventures on that wonderful Lake, including the sinking of my Dad's boat during a summer Monsoon... :o

The company was top notch as well. Hiking with this family was an absolute Riot!! Great sense of humor being shared all around and the laughing helped make light of the physical challenges I was facing. I don't think any of the four of us will ever be able to see or hear the word "hazy" again without cracking up....

Probably due to the fact, that although I'm getting better, I'm still kind of a slug on big uphills, this Hike took much longer than I think we anticipated. I think setting up the Shuttle took a little longer than hoped as well. We ended up finishing this Hike well after dark and still had to retrieve a vehicle. By the time we finished with picking up the other vehicle, our hopes of trying some awesome Pizza from the local restaurant were dashed. In fact, everything ended up being closed, including Butcher Hook, so we just parted ways there and made for Phoenix.

Very nice Hike with great company! The Water situation was disappointing. I actually had this Hike on my list because the Description stated that around this time of year, the Water would be flowing and awesome. Knowing the dry year we were having, I wasn't totally naive to the fact that the flows might be very minimal, but really, not at all???? We saw no water at all until one flowing drainage just about the last mile of the Hike. But two things happened that I never thought I would see. We wore out a teenager and a Labrador. :D

Stats are temporary. Will edit with Boscoaz's Data.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

dry Granite Spring Dry Dry
2 Troughs, both dry. Adam hiked up and found the Spring Source and it was dry as well. We did not get a chance to go off Trail and check any of the other Springs but we only saw Water flowing at one drainage location possibly next to Spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Shake Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Not sure about the Spring itself, but the Drainage in the same area was flowing enough to where you could "hear" it before you saw it. It was too dark by this time to go looking for the actual Spring.
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