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Four Peaks Trail #130Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.78 Miles 3,179 AEG
Hiking11.78 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.20 mph
3,179 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break25 LBS Pack
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Nora and I did an out-and-back hike on the Four Peaks Trail. We ended up hiking just under 12 miles w/ nearly 3200 feet of total ascent. One of our hike options was to go to the summit of Buckhorn Mountain, but the brush looked dense, so we decided to stick to the well groomed Four Peaks Trail.

I had hiked the Four Peaks Trail back in 2001 or 2002. It was quite a different experience. The area had recently been devastated by forest fire and was fairly barren. The trail was difficult to follow – I had to look very carefully for cairns or occasional ribbons tied to mostly burned trees. Due to the fire, the foliage was fairly sparse. I think I did go to the top of Buckhorn Mountain that day – the Four Peaks Trail used to go over the top, but has now been rerouted to go around the mountain.

On our Friday hike, we found a very different trail to the one that I recalled. The trail surface is well beaten in and is not especially rocky or loose. It was exceptionally easy to follow – there was never any doubt about which way to go. Views were good and it provided a good workout.
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