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Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
tibber
Hiking6.10 Miles 569 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   1.82 mph
569 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Southbound via the Vineyard Trail since previous plans were nixed due to logistics, Ambika came up with finishing off #20. We met up at Wendy's in Fountain Hills for the caravan to FR 341 as the base for our TH. (Shawn came up with that idea to add a few miles to make it a little longer hike and get a start on shortening some of Segment 19.) Once past the manufactured home community the road gets a bit dicey, at least for Tonto Jr, but we powered up the rocky hill. It was a good challenge though short. We piled in Shawn's truck for the journey over to Mills Ridge TH for our hike.

It was a lovely day.
The views of the Four Peaks and both lakes were outstanding :DANCE: ; hard to beat!
  • The surprise - LOTS of wildflowers including Fairy Duster, brittlebush, poppies, chia, flax, fleabane among others,
    The giddy delight - blooming hedgehog alley. :D
    The trail - great shape with the only tricky part coming down off of Inspiration Point to the bridge.
    The consistent - the bridge is always striking.
    The unexpected - the view of the dam and bridge together from high above, seeing the Apache Trail from time to time.
    The duel - between the prickly pear on one side of the trail and the saguaros on the other for about 1/2 mile. It was like a standoff to see who was going to cross over the trail first.
    Trail sign work - limited as not many trail signs.
    The pain - my camera finger :lol: .
    The views - in case I can't emphasize enough, the lakes and the Four Peaks and the distant mountains as well.
    The :-k moment - the interpretive sign placement up from the bridge.
Only encountered two other hikers on this part of our hike. I highly recommend this hike; it is :y:
Starting from Mills Ridge TH - [ youtube video ]
about 1.5 to 3 mile mark - [ youtube video ]
past Vineyard Mountain - [ youtube video ]
Inspiration Point to the Bridge - [ youtube video ]
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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