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Eastern Four Peaks Loop, AZ
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Eastern Four Peaks Loop, AZ 
Eastern Four Peaks Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking17.73 Miles 5,042 AEG
Hiking17.73 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   2.10 mph
5,042 ft AEG   1 Hour   44 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We put a lot planning effort into this, settling on the hike early Friday evening.

Rock Creek Trailhead is a long ride but an easy trail head to get to.

0.50 Miles to get to Three Bar Cabin / Rock Creek
Easy Road walk, the cabin is more like a house. Electric Well, Gas Grill outside, furnished with newer furniture.

1.00 Mile in Rock Creek to get to Baldy Canyon
No trail here, not too bad of a walk next to and across Rock Creek which actually flowed downhill. A bit thick in spots.

3.25 Miles in Baldy Canyon to get to Chillicut #132
One really nice box was the highlight of the canyon for the time we were in it.
Flowing water in many spots. So going hpping on the Boulders. Prettier in the lower sections and appeared to get more canyon-like once we got out and on to the Chillicut Trail.

3.25 Miles on Chillicut #132 to get to Four Peaks #130
This trail is a gem. It's in decent condition for the most part. Only one spot did we lose it for a bit. It stays close to Baldy Canyon for the most part and is a bit steep towards the top.
There is a real nice campground just inside the Four Peaks Wilderness border.

5.00 Miles on Four Peaks #130 to get to Oak Flat #123
I had forgotten how nice this trail is. The views never end and with what appears to be recent work, a superhighway compared to most of the trails I've been on recently. I need to make a point to get on this one more often. Just wow.

1.75 Miles on Oak Flat to Get to FR445
Oak Flat is a steep bugger. I'm glad Joe suggested we attack this loop clockwise to go down this section instead of going up. With the looseness of the gravely concoction, it would have been two steps up and one step back in spots.

3.00 Mile road walk on FR 455
As far as road walks go, this was actually quite pleasant. We had a spirited conversation most of the way back to the truck. Verdict... Water does flow downhill.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Very, Very Isolated

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Water flowing in quite a few sections between Rock Creek and Chillicut Trail

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chillicut Spring Dripping Dripping
Damp in the area
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