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Peak 4046 - Four Peaks Quad, AZ
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Peak 4046 - Four Peaks Quad, AZ 
Peak 4046 - Four Peaks Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   1.75 mph
1,775 ft AEG      10 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Last time on the Chillicut Trail we didn't continue far enough to take a shot at Peak 4046 so now two weeks later we were back to get the job done.

As last trip we started at the Rock Creek Trailhead and followed the Chillicut Trail up to the 3787 saddle then took a left and headed up to the summit of Peak 4046. Awesome views at the summit! The views complemented those on our hike yesterday along Peaks Trail #130.

Instead of heading back to the saddle and continuing on the Chillicut Trail Tracey had the idea to continue along the ridge and finding another way down to make it a loop. I like loops better than out-and-backs so I needed no convincing.

Finding a set of reasonably recent horseshoe prints we decided to follow them in hopes of following a nice descent route before the end of the ridge, which I knew was way to steep and rocky.

At the second-to-last hump on the ridge the equestrian tracks turned toward a northern drainage but within a few hundred feet the tracks simply disappeared. Knowing the next drainage was not an option we found a game trail with fresh deer tracks so we decided to follow them down instead.

Although steep, the deer trail led us back-and-forth across soft enough terrain it was reasonably easy to keep our footing, or at least allowed us to make slow controlled slides.

Eventually we dropped into the center of the drainage and continued down to the wash that would lead us back to the Rock Creek by the Rock Creek Cabin. From there we followed the road back to the Rock creek Trailhead.

One video:
Peak 4046 summit panorama
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