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Little Four PeaksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2016
Hiking2.10 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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Had some plans for Four Peaks today that fell through, so I decided to do them anyways. Decided to do the much more treacherous and remote Little Four Peaks, anyways.

Started early enough that I needed a headlamp for the first bit, especially after the old track faded away and a few trails wound away into the desert. Continuously picked the wrong one and ended up doing much more bushwhacking than I wanted to in predawn light. Decided on doing this 1234 and stuck to the rightmost wash up the first false peak. It's kinda like the chute on Brown's if you use a little imagination and you haven't had a cup of coffee yet. Kinda. #1 was bagged pretty easy after a few Class III scrambles, or maybe Class IV, and the wind up top kept knocking my hat off. The descent down to the 1-2 saddle was quick. #2 was a pretty short climb, though there was a small chunk of manzanitas... er, chollas to wade through on the way to #3. I must have missed the backwards Z on the descent. Things got more fun climbing up #4 with a bit of crack shimmy-ing needed. Once I got to the top I saw another little peak to the south... Either my count was off or there's a fifth peak. Well, peaks were made for bagging, so headed down, passed by what was obviously an amethyst mine, and then zipped up. Must have been some Class VII or IX climbs up this one. Looked around for a descent down past that mine and couldn't find it, so just followed the ridge back to near #1 and then shortcut back down to the van.

So, back and forth on Little Four Peaks... Mother Lode Pequeño Dos Veces? Kinda glad I forgot to bring the peak brews, would have taken me longer to drink four beers than it would have to do this hike.

Aside - lot of glass on the old, blocked track in from the parking area. Definitely not dog safe.
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