Passage #20 - Four Peaks

Roosevelt Lake from the trail Location:  Theodore Roosevelt Lake to Lone Pine Saddle

Length:  19.0 miles

Southern Trailhead:  Theodore Roosevelt Lake
- GPS Coordinates:  33.67650° N, 111.16104° W
- Access: This is near Theodore Roosevelt Dam, where AZ 88 and AZ 188 meet. The parking area is at the north end of the suspension bridge, on the east side of the highway.

Northern Trailhead:  Pigeon Spring/Lone Pine Saddle Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates:  33.71095° N, 111.33618° W
- Access: From the suspension bridge near Roosevelt Dam, drive north on AZ 188 for 11 miles and turn left (west) at mile marker 255 onto El Oso Road. At 4.4 miles from the highway, the road appears to fork. Take the sharp right turn and follow the road as it climbs. Continue another 4.2 miles to an intersection with FR 422, which is the path of the AZT to the north. The AZT arrives from the southeast (left) on FR 143. Drive 1 mile on FR 143 to an intersection, bear left onto FR 648, and continue almost another mile to Pigeon Spring Trailhead on the left.
Alternatively, to reach a larger, more developed parking area and trailhead at Lone Pine Saddle, continue 0.5 miles ahead. Parking here allows you to hike on singletrack into the Four Peaks Wilderness and meet the AZT in about 2 miles.

Trail Route Description:  This passage begins on the north side of the Roosevelt Lake Bridge at the Vineyard Trailhead on Highway 188. The trail climbs immediately along Inspiration Point, passes the radio towers and then passes north of Vineyard Mountain. It climbs up to the Mills Ridge Trailhead and from here a trail (#130) continues up and reaches the Four Peaks Wilderness boundary. The trail drops into Buckhorn Creek and then goes up again, passing Hackberry Creek and finally reaching Granite Spring. From here a new section of #130 heads north and then west, skirting around Buckhorn Peak. Heading north again the trail intersects with the Alder Creek Trail (#82) and then the Oak Flat Trail (#123) where it turns left and soon reaches Shake Spring. From here the trail works its way north and west to Pigeon Spring, climbs southwest on an old roadbed, and finally comes to the Pigeon Spring Trailhead on FR 648.

Difficulty:  Difficult

Season(s):  All year. Snow can be present at higher elevations after winter storms and lower elevations can be quite warm in summer (current weather forecast)

Water:  Water can be found at Roosevelt Lake and sometimes at Shake Spring and Pigeon Spring.

View of Four Peaks Notes/Warnings:

  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Mountain bikes are prohibited in the Four Peaks Wilderness.


  • Passage 20 Blog
  • USGS Topographic Maps: Theodore Roosevelt Dam and Four Peaks
  • Tonto National Forest map.
  • Four Peaks Wilderness map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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