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4 Peaks 133-253-130-134 Loop, AZ
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4 Peaks 133-253-130-134 Loop, AZ 
4 Peaks 133-253-130-134 Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2019
Hiking7.20 Miles 2,218 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.87 mph
2,218 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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The drive:
Thinking it was a weekday and hot weather, we didn't expect any traffic on FR 143 but we weren't quite so lucky. We had to pass three pretty-much deaf ATC riders on the way up...
First rider: (tail-end Charlie) short beeps on the horn... no response, longer beep... no response so I just drove right on by.
Second rider: short beeps on the horn... no response, longer beep... no response, laid on the air horn, still nothing so again just blew on by.
Third rider: Must have heard the air horn because he just sped up and he simply wasn't going to let me pass so I figured we'd just ride his pumpkin until he realized his buddies (particularly tail-end Charlie) were FAR behind.
Finally at the FR 11 intersection he pulled off and we drove on by. They must have really been slow, because we would be over an hour into our hike before we heard them nearing the end of FR 143.

The hike:
Very much like our Mount Ord hike yesterday this was just a tad on the warm side. The humidity was a bit high early on so we worked up a big sweat on the climb up Brown's Trail. We continued past the Amethyst Trail #253 intersection to the saddle where we spent a bit of time wringing out our soaked clothes before heading back down to #253.

I hadn't been on the Amethyst Trail since 2004 (when there actually WAS a decent trail) so I really didn't know what to expect. Knowing a lot will have changed in 15 years along with my original track I also had Joe's 2014 #253 track.

And change it did... following it was much harder than I thought and I figured it wouldn't be long before Tracey would be chastising me for choosing this OFF-trail hike. Surprise, surprise, there were no complaints from Tracey... at least out loud.

It soon became a game of "here's the trail" followed moments later by "we lost it" after being forced to take a detour around a wall of Manzanita, only rinse and repeat over and over. The descent was almost as much work as the ascent on Brown's Trail, and with most of it in the direct sunlight it was getting pretty warm.

Once we hit #130 we had a real trail to follow and the descent to #134/AZT #21 was a lot easier. But by now the air temp was ramping up and we almost headed back on #134 right away, but decided to head south until we found a place to sit in the shade for our lunch stop, which turned out to be at the dry-as-a-bone Shake Spring.

Break over, time to hit the mostly-ascending trail to Pigeon Spring followed by the 100' climb to the road and the half-mile road-walk back to Lone Pine. The humidity had dropped steadily so the last hour or so wasn't too bad but I was definitely ready for the hike to end.

We took a leisurely pace on the drive back to 87 and with no vehicles to contend with it was nice.
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