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Last weekend my wife and I did this hike, the weather was great and the views incredible, the hike itself was easy and the trail to the top was very well maintained, the rangers & staff very friendly and will to answer any questions you may have, after the hike headed back into Global to have some Mexican Food.

This trail is not closed, the trailhead is just hidden from view slightly.
Overall a great hike with awesome views of both the lake and 4 peaks. Definitely a workout as it is pretty much a constant incline

I should have read the reviews more carefully before attempting this hike. It was beautiful and SO REMOTE. We were out almost half a day and saw no one else on the drive out or back. The giant downer of the excursion was that, as other reviewers have noted, the trail is not well-marked. As a result, we took a wrong turn and crossed to the right-hand side of the river too early. We didn’t realize our mistake until it was much too late. We didn’t have enough water or time to retrace our steps and try again, so we never made it to the payoff at the top! I’m still giving this trail four stars because it was stunning. One day I’d like to return and do it right, but in the meantime, I wish some good samaritan would leave cairns or other markers just at the key junctions where it’s so easy to take a wrong turn!

Note: there was a fresh rockslide on the “road” (cliff path) probably a half mile from the trailhead. We had a Jeep Wrangler but recognized that we might actually die if we attempted to drive over it, so we parked and walked the rest of the way!

Short, easy hike. Beautiful.

I gave it 1 star because we weren't able to hike this one. trail is closed as of 6/29/2018

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5 months ago

Good trail run. Fantastic views. Enjoyed the ride up too.

Short but steep walk up. Path is paved and well maintained. Well worth it for the views at the top.

6 months ago

A friend and I did tackled this hike a couple days ago. We are both physically fit, very experienced, and hike trails described as "difficult/strenuous" on a regular basis. We read many reviews about this trail and decided we were ready. Despite all our experience and preparations, this trail really kicked our butts.
A significant portion of the trail is along the left side of the very steep canyon and was covered in slippery fallen oak leaves. Later in the year, this may not be an issue. There are several areas where you need to cross incredibly narrow (barely 12 inches wide) path that drops down into the creek bed and the rocks. Would not be a pleasant fall. When you reach the point where you cross to the right side and begin your vertical ascent to the actual ruins, the ground is covered in scree, which makes every step hazardous. Keep low to the ground, go slowly, make sure your each foot is secure before taking another step. If you start to slide, you could end up sliding right off the trail and down the canyon. Trekking poles and gloves would be helpful. There is a rope previous hikers have tied to help in one portion.
The ruins, of course, are fabulous. Too bad thoughtless dimwits have lit campires inside, but we spent about an hour taking pictures, admiring the ruins and the views before the trek back down. The journey down is a nightmare, fighting gravity on the narrow, ridiculously steep trail where you cannot get your footing. In many parts, we ended up squatting on our hiking boots, and going for a controlled slide, relying on our trekking poles to steer/stop us before sliding over the edge.
Our bodies were aching, and we questioned our sanity, but we were glad to have checked this amazing hike off our list. We both agreed a significant amount of time would need to pass so we could forget how dangerous some parts were before we ever came back.
**ONLY for the very fit, advanced hiker! No joke. The risks are very real. No cell or gps, and not a single person the entire 20 mile drive (on dirt road, which took a good hour) to the trailhead or on the trail. If you are injured... you are really on your own. And being carried out, depending on where you are hurt, may not be possible.
TIPS: Bring trekking poles, gloves, GOOD HIKING BOOTS, and dress in layers. Do not attempt if you see any signs of snow or ice, or if water levels along cherry creek road are high or strong. Enjoy and appreciate the beauty, but also be smart and be safe!

Extremely challenging hike. Dead cow still there 19 days later. Haha. Gloves completely recommended. Good shoes a must. Well worth the challenge. I had a very slow pace. We did 8 miles out and back. Took 5 1/2 hours. Three hours up. 1 1/2 down. Trail unmarked and hard to follow at times.

Nice paved trail. A little steep, so flip flops not recommended going back down. Benches all along the way to rest of enjoy the view.

7 months ago

Awesome hike! Challenging and slow to get to the trailhead. FR 203 in good condition until after Ellison Ranch where the road gets very rough. High clearance a must for the final few miles to the trailhead. I had a full size P/U that made it nearly to the end. I parked at the final cattle guard before the TH (0.8m away). There was a freshly dead cow about 10 minutes into the hike. Not too smelly at the time but will be soon! Ropes were in fine condition to use for stability. Cairns in place where needed. Ruins were unbelievable. Heads up that this hike is definitely for the experienced. VERY steep inclines for the last portion, hard to get down as well.

Great walk up to the cliff dwellings. I am 74 but had no trouble getting up. Lots of benches to rest on. Beautiful views,

Great workout and very scenic. We really enjoyed ourselves. Quick elevation gain.

Fantastic view and amazing workout!

Gave it a 4 just because it was a harder hike then we were expecting. Took my 13 year old & 11 year old & 2 dogs. Didn't make it more then 3 miles in, steady incline most of the way. Beautiful views of the lake, bridge & dam. Will do again maybe in the fall, after we hike some easier trails with the kids.

An oasis in the desert . Most of your hike is shaded following alongside the creek . Although the trail is hard to find sometimes. Just keep following the creek and go up . People have left ropes to aid in climbing which is much appreciated. We found gloves to be helpful. Don't go when it's raining , the rocks are very slippery and any misstep could find you injured or incapacitated in a remote area .. not good ! Cliff dwellings are awesome .

The above picture is misleading. The “Four Peaks Trail” does not lead you to the top of any of the Peaks. It takes you to an area with a nice view of Four Peaks from the back side. There are no views of Phoenix to the West. That being said, it’s still a very nice hike on a maintained trail, that is not too difficult...other than the length and time. The access road off highway 188 is about 11 miles of unpaved and a bit rough at times. Not a problem with an SUV. A little more difficult with a car but it can be done if you take your time. Giving it 4 Stars only because I was hoping it would lead to the top as shown.

10 months ago

Beautiful but cold with some snow on the peaks just before Christmas. Will definitely be back.

10 months ago

Trail is hard to get to without a 4wd. Recently a fallen boulder on the road has made it difficult to pass without a narrow 4wd. Full size truck will not make it. Trail is difficult. Very quick elevation gain and after the first section of old mining road it gets pretty overburden with bush and trees. Once you reach the cliff shelf you will follow it around the canyon. Be careful as downed trees and fallen leaves can hide an easy way to an unwanted fall. Eventually you will come to a old mine, and then the first ruin. We set camp by the ruin and used two trees to set hammocks. I would drop packs here and only take what is needed on. You keep following the path till the edge of the inner canyon where you pass behind a amazing waterfall. We filtered water here. Follow the path to the rest of the ruins on the other side of the canyon. It was well worth the burden!

10 months ago

Beautiful views. Trail is clearly marked when heading South to North. First hour of hiking is definitely aerobic.

Very nice trail. Paved all the way, great views, and amazing to see how they lived in 1400 AD.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

I went to scout this trail and the gear that would be needed today, Sep 30 2017. I am glad that I did. As previously mentioned you will need rappel gear, 150' rope, rappel device, and harness. A wet suit is at your discretion, but I would for sure bring water shoes or a second pair of boots as well as a waterproofing bag. Now that being said when I went today there was not much water there and what was there was stagnant. Covered in scum and rotting plant life, there was no clear running water. If I had all the gear I probably would have opted out and gone another time, maybe after winter or some good rainfall. Also as previously mentioned there were a lot of wasps at the entrance and exit to the canyon, I think it might be the water they are after. None the less if you hate bug or are allergic this might not be your trail. Once you get near the canyon the entrance is not well marked and there is a cattle fence blocking the trail that you need to open and let yourself through. Once the trail turn from red dirt to grey silt stay to the left, that is the enterence. If you go right it takes you to the exit of the canyon. Hope this helps and can be of some help. Stay safe.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Wow what a beautiful place and hike.
Challenging and not for beginners. First challenge is just getting to the beginning of the trail. 26 miles of dirt roads, 4x4 high clearance vehicles are a must. The hike it self is steep and trail is not very well marked. Area is completely isolated, it's you and nature and no one else. Not recommended for solo hikers, pack plenty of water, food, and GPS.

Could only get to the lower cliff dwellings but it was still pretty amazing. The hike up can be strenuous depending on what you are used to. Just be aware in case there are kids or older adults in the group! There will be a fee at the entrance since it's a national monument. If you want to see wildflowers, go in late March/early April.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This trail takes you through high desert brush to lush ferns to some of the best preserved ruins I've seen. Doing this hike in the right time of year is crucial because of the heat. I would also rate it on the harder side of moderate, if not just straight hard. Some of the trail takes you along steep faces and cliff edges, some of which had pretty loose dirt. All in all, with the added historical significance, this hike exceeds expectations.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This was an absolutely wonderful canyon to go through. We went through in early May, and the water level and weather was perfect. We wore 3mm full wetsuits, and they kept us at the perfect temperature. The hike into the canyon is easy-- about 2 miles downhill. Once you enter the canyon, you have roughly a mile of wading/swimming. Be sure to bring gloves, river shoes/neoprene socks, helmets (as the waters can be rough - you dont want to hit your head!), and a dry bag for your gear. You WILL be completely submerged for at least part of this trek. There are no technical canyoneering skills required until the very end. You will need to be sure and bring a harnass, at least 100 feet of rope, a biner, and a belay device. You will have to rappel down a 40ft waterfall to exit the canyon. When we were there, the water level was high enough to jump, and some people were jumping (we rappelled), but be aware that the water level might not be high enough to jump. So, you need to come prepared to rappel just in case. If you don't, there is a good chance you could get stuck with no way out! I think mid-spring (April/May/June) is the best time to go through the Jug as the water is high enough but not too high. Also, less risk of monsoon. The only part about this canyon I didn't enjoy were the wasps - there were a bunch of wasps towards the beginning of the route drinking from the pools. If you are allergic, be sure to bring you Epipen just in case!

ProTip- when you turn off the highway onto A-Cross road, you will drive across a stream. If you are comfortable crossing the stream in your vehicle, the water levels in the canyon are probably safe. If not, the water levels are not safe and you should try again another day!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Amazing. This hike has it all. Shade, running water, views and ancient Indian cliff dwellings. However it also has bugs, steep climbs (think ropes) and a challenging road to get there (think high clearance 4X4). One of my favorites in AZ.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wow, incredible to be on this scared land. Interesting part of Indian Culture.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's amazing views in most spots along the rocky path.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wow! What a hike! First off, make sure you have a high clearance vehicle for the 22 miles of off-roading to the trailhead (the last 3-4 miles are the roughest). Depending on time of year and the water level and flow of the major water crossing (cherry creek), 4x4 may be a good idea to have.

On to the hike, the trailhead will be on your left side in a shaded area where you'll see a Leave No Trace sign (I passed it bc my GPS said keep going). The hike is divided into 3 parts, 1) a forest/shaded area that leads into the canyon and goes along the left side of the creek, 2) the canyon where you will climb a two waterfalls (ropes are already in place), and 3) the final climb to the top through some more shaded area and soft/loose soil that feels like one step forward and two steps back. There were several cairns along the way to help guide you especially in the not so sure areas, so keep an eye out.

Absolutely beautiful views the whole way, and the ruins were amazing! I would describe this as the most challenging short hike with just over 2,000 ft elevation gain in the 1.5 miles up. Worth it, a must do!

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