Four Peaks Trail

4.5/5 (31 reviews)
Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 08/25/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (31 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Great trail. Going over the pass there it got a bit rocky and there were a couple of switchbacks that were pretty tight. Some washboarding but not to bad. About 70% to 80% of the trail is sandy and no rocks. Nothing of any height that you'd need a lift for but might cause issues for non off road vehicles. A fantastic trail for a day trip. All the washes were dry. I would recommend checking for rain before I did this trail. There are a couple of places that could wash out or flash flood. We came in from the Beeline hwy. There's fantastic views of Roosevelt lake.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great ride this time of year October! Not hot out at all. This is during the dry season, when it's raining out, and the washes are going do not try unless you got a four-wheel drive. Go slow towards the end by Roosevelt lake, you can really slide off the side if you're not careful. I watched a guy in the Jeep today do that almost. I bet he had to change his shorts after. The views near the end by Roosevelt lake are spectacular and well worth it.
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Very easy road, I wouldn't consider it a trail by any means, Subaru and Prius drivers can rejoice all the way up and find plenty of places to camp that have epic views. Too bad literally none of the really good trails and wheeling loops are listed on here.
Trail Review: Four Peaks Trail - NW Nomad
Trail Review: Four Peaks Trail - NW Nomad
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Absolutely gorgeous trail, very easy with really no obstacles, I do recommend airing down for comfort as there are some rockier sections. The view of Roosevelt lake is amazing. Didn't need to use 4wd at all
Trail Review: Four Peaks Trail - Blake
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Gorgeous views on both sides of the mountain. I drive a fairly stock 2016 Subaru Crosstrek with off-road tires and we did just fine. Some parts of the this trail were pretty washed out and well worn by this time in the year however. I imagine that a good season of monsoons and summer fun has worn this trail out more than usual. I would say the first 1/3 of the trail was rockier and bumpier than I would have hoped, but the views and the payout at the top of the trail was totally worth it. About halfway the trail becomes very smooth and worry free. We started this trail at 5 pm and finished at 7 pm heading south to north. We reached the peak just as the sky started to turn orange and pink and the views of Lake Roosevelt on the other side were absolutely gorgeous. Would recommend!

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