Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
7,905.00 ft (2,409.44 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
18.50 mi (29.77 km)
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AZT Passage 20: Four Peaks is a 18.5-mile point-to-point section of the roughly 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail. Located northwest of Roosevelt Lake Marina, this section runs from Vineyard Trailhead to Lone Pine Saddle and is rated as difficult. This passage is best explored in the spring and fall and is accessible for hikers, trail runners, long-distance backpackers, and equestrians.

Passage 20 ascends from Theodore Roosevelt Lake into the Four Peaks Wilderness. The trail traverses high ridges with significant elevation gains and panoramic views of the Superstition Wilderness, Four Peaks, Roosevelt Lake, and Apache Lake.

This route begins with a steep ascent overlooking Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. On the way up, the trail follows a well maintained singletrack that winds its way across rocky switchbacks, up scenic ridgelines, and through grassy hillsides, lined with desert succulents, shrubs, wildflowers, and a variety of cacti. 

Within the Four Peaks Wilderness, the trail levels off and gradually traces its way along the foothills of Four Peaks - a single, prominent mountain within the Mazatzal Range with four distinct peaks that can be seen from great distances. 

Note: Mountain bikes are prohibited in the Four Peaks Wilderness.


DIRECTIONS
*Follow Arizona National Scenic Trail Signs/Trail Markers.*

Vineyard Trailhead to Inspiration Point and up to the Mills Ridge Trailhead.

From Mills Ridge Trailhead take Trail #130 up to the Four Peaks Wilderness boundary. 

Trail #130 to the Pigeon Spring Trailhead on FR 648.
 

WATER
Check the Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at: https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INFORMATION

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Panoramic Views. Lake Views. Scenic Ridges. Wildflowers.

Trailhead Elevation

2,191.00 ft (667.82 m)

Highest point

5,934.00 ft (1,808.68 m)

Features

Wildlife
Backcountry camping
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona
Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona
Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona

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