Four Peaks Trail

Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
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


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.


Route Information

Technical Rating

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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.

Directions to Trailhead

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)



Trail Reviews (17)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is four peaks trail closed?
–Ken List (02/08/2020)
–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 pass on that knowledge to our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on challenging 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 to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube. Xploremor YouTube
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