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Four Peaks Circumference, AZ
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Four Peaks Circumference, AZ 
Four Peaks Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2014
joebartels
Hiking27.60 Miles 7,400 AEG
Hiking27.60 Miles   16 Hrs   28 Mns   1.78 mph
7,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This loop and especially Alder Creek has intrigued me since the '90s. Karl & I started at Mud Spring TH, hiked the road to Lone Pine then took #130 out to #82 ( not to be confused with Alder "Saddle" Trail #81 ).

Alder Creek Trail #82
Nature has reclaimed the trail. Perhaps 7% exists for the 6.25 miles heading down to Brown's Cave. Of that the creek is a less painful avenue. The area is everything I envisioned as a wided eyed kid thumbing through hiking books. Water is abundant and trees offer shade on occasion. The challenges of life are defenseless against you and Alder Creek Canyon is all yours.

Once out of Alder Creek the trail over to the trailhead is just route finding. Someone has kindly re-cairned 0.5mi to 1.6mi ( west to east ). It follows quicker than in previous years and catclaw only snagged once.

Cane Spring Trail #77
Easy to follow... in the dark! Someone must do periodic maintenance. Shocking out in the middle of nowhere and it only leads to the tragic mess on #83.

Soldier Camp Trail #83
Difficult to assess as it was dark. Seemed like a nuisance cairn hunt. I'm guessing it's not so bad in daylight. Killer night view back to Phoenix heading up to Big Saddle.

Never say never, it "seems" unlikely I'll redo this loop. One thing for sure... feels GREAT to join the got 'er done club! Thanks to Karl for helping bring this dream home!

Carried 5 quarts, consumed 6.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Strawberry Hedgehog was busting out for 10-15 miles of our hike. 1 - Desert Anemone near Paint Puddles, 1 - Desert Chicory mid Alder Creek. Medium patches of Desert Phlox on south expanse. A few iron yellow varieties.

dry Adams Camp Spring Dry Dry
Immediate area was damp. Perhaps something to filter if you poke around.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Alder Creek - Four Peaks Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing about 80% through upper 5-6 miles ( majority ) of creek. Shockingly* great flow, maybe 10 gpm. Lots of three foot waterfalls along the way. No sign of cattle grazing.

* Last rain was 1-2 inches three weeks ago. Previous rain was two months prior, very dry spring around Arizona in 2014.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Alder Creek - South Swim Hole 76-100% full 76-100% full
Full, clear and creek flowing at least a gpm. Soon after the creek dried for the next mile.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Paint Spring Dripping Dripping
Enough to filter. From previous experiences you can find a slight flow to pools further down.
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