Arizona Hiking Gallery
Four Peaks Hike
Four Peaks Wilderness, AZ
April 20, 2008
Gallery contains 32 photos
Gallery last updated: 5/10/2008

This was about a 7 mile hike in the Four Peaks Wilderness from the Lone Pine Saddle Trailhead using the Brown's, Amethyst, and Four Peaks trails. Much evidence remains of the devestating 1996 Lone Pine fire which tore through the Four Peaks Wilderness.

Four Peaks Hike: Image 1
A cluster of Western Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) was blooming just a few feet from the trailhead along the Brown's Trail.

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Western Blue Flax with its nodding purple-blue buds.

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The Brown's Trail leads into the Four Peaks Wilderness.

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As the Brown's Trail climbs through oak, juniper, and ponderosa forest, Roosevelt Lake comes into view to the east.

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Several clusters of Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum) were blooming along the Brown's Trail.

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A granite ledge along the Brown's Trail.

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This Alligator Juniper was a victim of the 1996 Lone Pine Fire which heavily damaged a large area in the Four Peaks Wilderness.

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An odd granite formation along the Brown's Trail.

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Scars of the 1996 Lone Pine Fire are still frequent sights in the Four Peaks Wilderness.

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A zebra-like pattern on a tree trunk scorched by the Lone Pine Fire.

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The knarly trunk of dead oak.

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Lupine (Lupinus sp.).

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Brown's Trail.

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Variegated leaves of Alumroot (Heuchera sp.).

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Even on this late day in April small patches of snow linger in the crevices on the north side of Brown's Peak, the highest and northern most of the "Four Peaks".

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A view of the peaks from the Amethyst Trail.

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The Amethyst Trail slowly descends as it contours along the steep hillside along the base of the peaks.

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A view to the south from the Amethyst Trail in the hazy hazy beyond.

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A view of the peaks from the Amethyst Trail.

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The Amethyst Trail passes a few Ponderosa Pines on a steep hillside.

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A rock outcropping jutting out from the hillside.

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Another victim of the Lone Pine Fire.

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An agave ready to burst out with a bloom stalk.

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Closeup of agave.

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New Mexico Groundsel (Senecio Neomexicanus).

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A view returning along the Amethyst Trail toward Brown's Saddle.

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A view of the peaks from the Amethyst Trail.

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A view of the peaks from the Amethyst Trail.

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Closeup into the "jaws" of a Parry's Agave (Agave parryi).

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I love the perfectly round symmetry and the pattern of the leaves of the Parry's Agave (Agave parryi).

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A dead snag watches over Roosevelt Lake in this view from the Four Peaks Trail.

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Pringlei Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pringlei) in bloom.

All images Copyright ©2008 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.