Four Peaks Trail

Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 03/06/2021
4.4 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-1
( EASY )
Length: 27.01 miles
Highest Elevation: 5715 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 10 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Fountain Hills
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fountain Hills
Official Road Name: 143
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa District
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Highlights

Highlight: Four Peaks Trail
The iconic Four Peaks trail in the Tonto National Forest is just a stone's throw from Phoenix, Arizona. The trail offers pristine views of the Mazatzal Mountains and Lake Roosevelt all while leading you through a very diverse desert landscape. The Four Peaks area is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts because it offers an astonishing array of activities and history. The trail is a nice easy offroad drive with several scenic vistas and campsites along the route. The area is very popular with shooters. There are numerous designated sites early where you can legally shoot approved targets. Please be responsible and remove all your target debris and discharged shells. The name Four Peaks is in reference to the four prominent peaks of a ridge forming the massif's summit. The northernmost peak and the only named one is Brown's Peak, the tallest of the four at 7,659 feet. It is the highest point in Maricopa County. The connecting trail is at waypoint 9.

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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
2WD Vehicle with High Clearance
Concerns:
Summary:
The trail does have some off-camber washouts, caution should be taken to prevent loss of traction or high centering.

Technical Rating: 1-1
( EASY )

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.
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Description

Four Peaks Trail starts in a lower Sonoran Desert landscape and travels 27 miles over the mountain range. The trail is hard packed loose dirt and some rocks at wash crossings. The trail can be heavily congested with ATV and trailered vehicles at the beginning. There are several makeshift shooting ranges after the first mile of the trail. The trail is easy and can be traveled by stock SUVs and 2wd trucks. Intersecting trails offer varying levels of difficulty. Like all Arizona trails, the quality of the route can adjust wildly depending on the weather. Be aware of weather forecasts and avoid the area if flash flooding is a possibility.
Be aware of oncoming traffic at all times.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead East on Dirt / Hwy 87 (0 mi)
Exit Hwy 87 and travel east on FR 143, a bumpy gravel road. Be aware of desert hazards like rattle snakes and remember to hydrate.
2. East / Staging Area, Rolls OHV FR 1863, South (0.79 mi)
Continue on the wide dirt road east. To the south within the fencing is staging and the beginning of Rolls OHV FR 1863 that leads to the south next to the signage. There is plenty of room for trailers and campers.
3. Straight, East / 1832 South, Staging (1.62 mi)
Continue east along the gravel road. To the south is a staging and camping area. Trail FR 1832 travels south past the signage to the Rolls OHV.
4. North / Rolls OHV FR 1343 & 401 Right, South (2.29 mi)
Continue on the gravel road to the north, left. To the right, south is trails FR 1343 and FR 401. There is plenty of camping in this area for both RV's and tents.
5. Right, East / Old 87 FR 11, North (3.57 mi)
Stay on the main gravel road to the the right, east through the large yellow gate. This gate may be closed if the summit has snow or severe fire restrictions. To the left is Old 87 FR 11 that leads to Hwy 87.
6. Forward /Right, South Dead End Pit (10.13 mi)
Continue forward, north. To the right, east is a gravel pit for servicing the road. No camping.
7. Scenic Vista Large Rocks (11.53 mi)
A large boulder stack is a great place to take a break and enjoy the view.
8. Hiking Trailhead (15.08 mi)
A short pull off and parking area for hikers. There is not really any room for camping.
9. Straight, North / Right 648 Lone Pine Hiking Trailheads (17.74 mi)
Continue straight, north past the signage. To the right, south is FR 648 leading to Lone Pine hiking trail.
10. Right, East / FR 422 Left, West (18.8 mi)
Continue to the right, east downhill. To the left, west across the cattle guard is FR 422.
11. Scenic Roundabout (22.72 mi)
You can choose to do the one-way roundabout that circles around a small point. Be sure to make sure there is not traffic on it first.
12. Trail End / Hwy 288, FR 3310 West (27.01 mi)
The trail ends at Hwy 288. To the west is FR 3310 where there is camping.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.678087, -111.502514

Starting Point: Mesa, Arizona, Loop 202 / Hwy 87

From the Loop 202 and Hwy 87, travel north for 27 miles. Passing mile marker 203 Turn right onto Four Peaks exit. Travel east on the dirt road (trailhead)

Camping

Dispersed
Camp sites are plentiful and can be easily found throughout the Four Peaks Trail and intersecting trails. There is no services along the route for campers. All sites are primitive.
Camping: Four Peaks Trail

Trail Reviews (12)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easy trail BUT amazing views all around. We had snow on the East side of the Peaks. Also access to some other fun trails. Take the day and enjoy..Go for a hike up to Browns Peak. find a great lunch spot or just ride!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Nice trail, very easy. Lots of traffic of all types. We found a great spot for lunch on the East end of the trail overlooking Roosevelt.

Author:
Status: Open
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Trail was open. There appeared to be a lot of UTVs at the trail head, but we didn't see to many on the way to the lake. We went to the marina and had lunch. Good trail, unfortunately most of it was burnt over from last summers woodland fires. Its pretty easy and any basic 4x4 can do this trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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The trail is back open as of 2/5/2021. The closure order has been lifted. The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.

Author:
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
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We are snowbirds and we were looking forward to making this loop again. We were disappointed to find the road closed. Oh well, we will try again later.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
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The Bush Fire is burning around and through the Four Peaks region. The trail will remain closed for a while. I have attached a link to the Bush Fire Incident Site that has more details about the fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6773/51960/

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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My dad and I were in town for Barrett-Jackson this week and wanted to get out and enjoy some scenery. We first ran Apache Trail from Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt. On the way back to Scottsdale on Hwy 87 we saw a sign for A-Cross, and after looking at our map on Gaia, decided to cut through to the other side. 28 miles and 2.5 hrs later we reached the Hwy again. It was a beautiful day, great views of the lake and Four Peaks. It was dry, and easily run in 2WD in the 2018 Jeep Sahara JKU we were driving.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Great trail for a lazy drive in the desert. It is a relaxing trial and has some amazing views due to the elevation changes. Start at the South trailhead and go North to see amazing views going up Four Peaks, then great views of Lake Roosevelt coming back down.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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my first time up here I own a 2017 jeep sport made it up without the use of 4 wheel drive I am a newbie to off road but I handled this easily.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Today was a snowy day, so it made the drive more fun. Made a few stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and the snow. This is a fun easy drive with lots to see along the way, so bring a camera with you. In my opinion you don’t need 4 wheel drive on this trail, but a little ground clearance won’t hurt.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Four Peaks trail is a nice little scenic run, to do when you want a relaxing day. There's nothing challenging on the trail, and just a little more clearance than a typical car is all you need. Any stock 4WD would do, and maybe 2WD SUVs and trucks with some effort and going slower. The scenery is beautiful, and there are lots of places to stop and just enjoy the outdoors. Those people with faster vehicles like RZRs can do a little speed to make it fun, but as you can see in the photos, they can also end up limping home... There is a large trailer load/unload area at the trailhead, for those with non-street vehicles.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Four Peaks trail is a nice little scenic run, to do when you want a relaxing day. There's nothing challenging on the trail, and just a little more clearance than a typical car is all you need. Any stock 4WD would do, and maybe 2WD SUVs and trucks with some effort and going slower. The scenery is beautiful, and there are lots of places to stop and just enjoy the outdoors. Those people with faster vehicles like RZRs can do a little speed to make it fun, but as you can see in the photos, they can also end up limping home... There is a large trailer load/unload area at the trailhead, for those with non-street vehicles.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is four peaks trail closed?
–Ken List (02/08/2020)
A: We have not received any closure notices from the Mesa Ranger District
–Bobby Nelson (02/09/2020)

Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg
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