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Peak 3804 - McDowells, AZ
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Peak 3804 - McDowells, AZ 
Peak 3804 - McDowells, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.09 Miles 2,785 AEG
Hiking7.09 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.36 mph
2,785 ft AEG   3 Hrs   40 Mns Break
 
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I just reviewed a TOPO map and I believe there are nine peaks (points ?) that are over 3,800 ft in the McDowell mountain range. This particular mountain peak, Pk 3804, is one of them and is located 1.5 miles southeast of Thompson Pk. You can see Pk 3804 from all over the Phoenix valley, as it’s the tallest peak to the south of Thompson Pk.
Pk 3804 is barely in the Scottsdale portion of the McDowell Mountains. In fact to get to the very rudimentary (un-named) trail to go up Pk 3804, you must hike thru the Fountain Hills McDowell Preserve, and access the trail from an old jeep road.
‘Rudimentary’ is being kind to this unofficial, very steep, 1/2 mile long trail. It has an average slope of 45% up, with a portion of the ‘up’ slope at 56%. This was my third time up Pk 3804, so I knew what to expect.

I hiked on the Dixie Mine Tr, then the Sonoran Tr, a jeep rd, then the rudimentary trail to the top.
Pk 3804’s top is about as long as a basketball court, but narrower than one. There’s a pile of rocks at the high point and also a very large circle of rocks nearby. I have no idea what the significance is of the rock circle. It’s definitely not a fire pit and you certainly can’t sit on the jagged rocks and have a seance. (Hey - What do I know - Maybe you can.) :)

My photos show the normal landmarks, but from a unique perspective. The valley had its morning haze working overtime, but the views elsewhere were very nice. I looked around for a summit log and found none, so next time up, I’ll bring something to serve that purpose.

The hike down was slow due to the steep, scree-filled little trail. I hiked down the jeep road a few hundred feet further than the Sonoran Trail, to take photos of a protruding pipe, cemented in the ground. The date in the cement leads me to believe this ‘quasi-marker’ has something to do with the founding of Fountain Hills in the very late 1960s.

This was another fun, close-in hike, that offered a different viewing perspective on many landmarks in the greater Phoenix area. Climb on up - and take a look.
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