Arizona Hiking Gallery
Soldier Camp Trail Hike
Four Peaks Wilderness, AZ
February 15, 2009
Gallery contains 31 photos
Gallery last updated: 3/29/2009

This was a short (about 2 miles out-and-back) hike in the Four Peaks Wilderness. The hike from the Mud Springs Trailhead to just below Big Saddle along the Soldier Camp Trail climbs about 800 feet. I turned around just below Big Saddle when the snow covered trail became difficult to follow.

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A rare view of Four Peaks covered in snow from the Four Peaks Road, FR 143.

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A peak on a western ridge of Four Peaks seen through oak trees at Mud Springs Trailhead.

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Arizona Sycamore (Platanus wrightii).

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Bark of the Arizona Sycamore (Platanus wrightii).

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A charred stump pokes through the snow alongside the Soldier Camp Trail.

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Snow lines the Soldier Camp Trail while a tall rock cairn shows the way.

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A bit of snow surrounds lichen covered boulders.

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A blanket of snow covers the trail making it somewhat difficult to follow at times. My boot prints will be the first to cross this trail since the last snowfall.

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The east and north facing slopes have snow cover, where as the western facing slopes are dry.

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A view looking back down to the dry valley below.

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Being a desert plant you don't often see prickly pear cactus surrounded by snow.

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An agave also seems out of place surrounded by snow.

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A dead silvery tree stands along the snow lined Soldier Camp Trail.

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A snow covered ridge on the slopes of Four Peaks.

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Four Peaks Spring No. 1

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A rivulet flows from Four Peaks Spring No. 1

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Just a charred shell remains of this once large tree.

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A little ways from Four Peaks Spring No.1 and just below Big Saddle the snow covered trail was becoming quite difficult to follow. Here a rock cairn pokes through the snow. I decided to turn around here.

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A prickly pear patch in the snow.

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Snow covered gully.

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A rocky ridge with a dusting of snow.

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The flower stalk of a Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), also known as Sotol, reaches skyward.

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Agave.

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Snow dusted peak.

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Strange sandstone formations can be found along the lower portion of the Soldier Camp Trail.

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Strange sandstone formations can be found along the lower portion of the Soldier Camp Trail.

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Strange sandstone formations can be found along the lower portion of the Soldier Camp Trail.

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Strange sandstone formations can be found along the lower portion of the Soldier Camp Trail.

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A northeastward looking view of the ridges of Four Peaks covered in snow.

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Trees line up along Cottonwood Creek near the Mud Springs Trailhead.

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