Pigeon Spring Loop Hike

Mesa, Arizona

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This hike on the north slopes of Four Peaks passes through the remains of a large stand of ponderosa pine burned in the 60,000-acre Lone Fire in 1996. Although most of the big trees are gone, many other plants are making a comeback. There are two seasonal springs along this route. surface: Dirt and rocks. This is an interesting hike on a segment of the Arizona Trail through the heart of the Lone Fire burn. Watch out for unstable burned trees, which can fall at any time. Follow the trail, an old road, downhill 0.1 mile to Pigeon Spring, a masonry trough. Here the trail turns south and climbs over a saddle strewn with granite boulders. Thanks to the fire, there’s a great view of Four Peaks from this minor pass.

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"This hike on the north slopes of Four Peaks passes through the remains of a large stand of ponderosa pine burned in the 60,000-acre Lone Fire in 1996. Although most of the big trees are gone, many other plants are making a comeback. There are two seasonal springs along this route. surface: Dirt and rocks.

This is an interesting hike on a segment of the Arizona Trail through the heart of the Lone Fire burn. Watch out for unstable burned trees, which can fall at any time. Follow the trail, an old road, downhill 0.1 mile to Pigeon Spring, a masonry trough. Here the trail turns south and climbs over a saddle strewn with granite boulders. Thanks to the fire, there’s a great view of Four Peaks from this minor pass."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 860 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Four Peaks Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Four Peaks
Driving Directions: Directions to Pigeon Spring Loop Hike

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May 2018