Take a scenic drive with Private Jeep Excursions on the iconic Four Peaks off-road trail in the Tonto National Forest. The trail offers pristine views of the Mazatzal Mountains and Roosevelt Lake all while leading us through a very diverse desert landscape.
- Trip Outline
- Amethyst Mine Tour
Take a scenic drive with Private Jeep Excursions on the iconic Four Peaks off-road trail in the Tonto National Forest. The trail offers pristine views of the Mazatzal Mountains and up-close views of Four Peaks at 7,659 feet. All while leading us through a very diverse desert landscapes with amazing rock formations and far off views of Camelback Mountain and Fountain Hills in the distance. As we travel over the mountain range to the back side we will stop at the upper vista point to view Roosevelt Lake in the distance. We will then continue down the mountain and visit both Roosevelt Bridge and Dam.
Four Peaks Trail starts in a lower Sonoran Desert landscape and travels 27 miles over the mountain range. The trail is an easy off-road drive with several scenic vistas along the route. Trail Rating 1-3 Easy (read more about our rating system)
The name Four Peaks is in reference to the four prominent peaks of a ridge forming the Massif’s summit. The northernmost peak and the only named one is Brown’s Peak, the tallest of the four at 7,659 feet. It is the highest point in Maricopa County.
Optional Meal and Cooler:
- MEAL: There is a chance to eat at one of the small cafes in the Tonto Basin community before returning home. This is completely up to you.
- Cooler: You are free to bring a cooler with food, snacks, and drinks which must have closing lids. You must read and follow the rules of my Travel Policy
Weather Conditions, Trail Status, and Alternate Routes:
- Clouds: I can not control the clouds. We try not to travel on the Four Peaks trail when the clouds are completely obscuring our view of the peaks.
- Rain: We do not travel on this trail when there is a predicted heavy rain storm.
- Trail Status: There is a gate that can at times be closed that would block the trail leading over the mountain range. It is best to call the Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s Office (602) 225-5200 or the Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300 to confirm if the gate and trail is fully opened during your desired trip date. This trail gate will be closed when the weather conditions make off-road travel unsafe.
- Alternate Route: If the Four Peaks trail gate is ever unexpectedly closed during a trip we will travel to do either Mt Ord or Mt Peeley.
Three Trip Options:
- Daytime Trip – (Departs before noon) If you select daytime during booking we will depart during early morning or afternoon hours. We will travel up Four Peaks, over the backside of the peaks, and down to visit Roosevelt Lake, Bridge and Dam as well. We will return by making a loop.
- Sunset Trip – If you select the sunset option during booking we will depart from Fountain Hills at 4pm. We will travel up to the 360 degree lookout point to view Roosevelt Lake on one side (with moon rise views) and the valley as the sun sets on the other side. We will travel back the same way we came enjoying the nighttime sky as the sun sets creating a spectacular show.
- Brown’s Peak Summit Hike – (Departs at 8am from Fountain Hills) If you wish to hike the Brown’s Peak trail and climb to the summit you can choose this option during check out. This is a 5 mile out and back hike that has much boulder scrambling to reach the summit. There will be a 1,952 ft. elevation gain/loss during the hike. Trailhead to the “Saddle” and then to the “Chute”. You climb the “Chute” at your own risk.
Each hiker must go through a gear check with me before entering my Jeep. Please refer to my: Essentials for Hiking in AZ
- You must have proper hiking boots
- backpack with hydration
- food and snacks
- first-aid kit
- GPX/GPS device for navigation
Return Route Home:
Depending on your wish, we will either drive back down the same way or continue down the backside to visit Roosevelt Lake. Bridge, and Dam attractions.
Itinerary for the Four Peaks Trail and Options
DepartureMeet in and Depart from Fountain Hills. (Hotel Pick-up Included) Our departure time will depend on the trip option you choose: Option 1: Daytime Depart between 9am to 11am Option 2: Sunset Depart 4pm Option 3: Brown's Peak Hiking Departs at 8am.
Travel to Trail Entrance
On-Road (to Four Peaks Trail Entrance)Travel 18 miles from Fountain Hills to the off-road entrance of the Four Peaks Mountain range.
Explore the Four Peaks Trail
Off-Road TravelTravel 27.65 miles off-road. We will explore a number of scenic spots along the way that give us great views of the Four Peaks mountain range, Salome Wilderness, Roosevelt Lake and the Valley.
Trail Gate Closure
Alternate Route SelectionIf the Four Peaks trail gate is ever unexpectedly closed during a trip we will travel to either Mt. Ord or Mt. Peeley.
Roosevelt Lake Vista Point
View of Roosevelt Lake17 miles in on the Four Peaks Trail we reach the upper visit point giving us beautiful views of Roosevelt Lake in the distance.
Roosevelt Bridge and Dam
Travel to the Bridge and DamAfter completing the last 10 miles of the off-road portion of your trip will will travel 13 miles to cross the Roosevelt Bridge and stop to view the bridge. We will then travel to the vista point of the Roosevelt Dam. At this point people are happy to visit the "Dam" bathroom!
(Optional)There is a chance to eat at one of the small cafes in the Tonto Basin community before returning home. This is completely up to you.
On-Road Return HomeDrive on-road back to Fountain Hills (or your hotel). The return home for the daytime trip is on-road 81 miles (1.5 hours) back to Fountain Hills.
Amethyst Mine Tour and Jeep Tour Coupon
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If you shop and make a purchase from Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills you will receive a coupon code for 20% off on select Private Jeep Excursions trips. Their store is located at: 16704 Ave of the Fountains Suite 100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Their number is: (480) 837-8168
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