Four Peaks Loop Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

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Winter hiking here is spectacular because only parts of these trails keep snow on the ground for any length of time. Dogs love the slushy snow, but the slush can also turn to ice. You will want to bring crampons because this is a hike that touches the bottom of the snowfall range for Arizona, and the snow-melt-freeze cycle can produce icy patches on the trail. Check your dog’s pads occasionally to see that she is not collecting painful clumps of snow and grit between her toes. Watch her for signs of hypothermia and put on her vest to keep her warm along shadier stretches.

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"Winter hiking here is spectacular because only parts of these trails keep snow on the ground for any length of time. Dogs love the slushy snow, but the slush can also turn to ice.

You will want to bring crampons because this is a hike that touches the bottom of the snowfall range for Arizona, and the snow-melt-freeze cycle can produce icy patches on the trail. Check your dog’s pads occasionally to see that she is not collecting painful clumps of snow and grit between her toes. Watch her for signs of hypothermia and put on her vest to keep her warm along shadier stretches."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Phoenix
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,160 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best late September through late April
Trailhead Elevation: 5,650 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger Station
Local Maps: Four Peaks USGS Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Four Peaks Loop Trail

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May 2018