The Mountains of Arizona •
Peak 4016 • Agua Fria National Monument
• Yavapai County

Peak 4016 from near where I started

Crossing into the Agua Fria National Monument

Approaching the summit. Now I know how Sir Edmund Hillary must have felt

South view, Horseshoe BM

Northwest view, Cordes Lakes

Horseshow Benchmark again, with the cracklin' power lines

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Date: April 22, 2022 • Elevation: 4,016 feet • Prominence: 336 feet • Distance: 2 miles • Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes • Gain: 490 feet gross • Conditions: Cool, puffy clouds and very breezy


I was driving to Flagstaff and sought a peak that was close to the interstate and wouldn't take too long. This one looked enticing. It has a road to its top, which was welcome as hiking through brush this time of year is asking for trouble (snakes).

I got out of Phoenix and up the grade onto the higher plateau, and exited at the Cordes Lakes interchange, route AZ-69 heading northwest to Prescott. I went right, then right again, going south, now on Stagecoach Road, heading toward the town of Cordes Lakes. In the town, which is a grid of trailers and small homes, I followed Stagecoach as it bent east, then south on Red Rock, then east on Quail Run.

Quail Run "ends" at the last of the homes and becomes dirt, now a gravel road that bends southeast. The online maps call it the E Z Ranch or Kelton Ranch Road. About a half mile later, the road splits, a left going to the E Z Ranch, right going to the Kelton place. I stayed right (straight). Past a cattle grate, I turned right (south) onto an unnamed track that parallels power lines. I followed this track and parked at a high spot near the power lines. Peak 4016 was in view, a mile to the southeast.

The main dirt roads were gravelly but in good shape, and the secondary road past the cattle grate was pretty good too. It braids, so I guessed and mainly drove "toward" the power lines. The road then descends steeply into Big Bug Creek. The grade would have been too much for my car, so I parked back at the aforementioned high spot, so I could see it better as I walked out.

The day was cool and very breezy, with big puffy clouds blowing through quickly. Once properly attired, I walked down the road into Big Bug Creek, and crossed it, then up its other side briefly. I made a quick right at a junction. The track aimed southeast and crossed the Agua Fria National Monument boundary, Peak 4016 right there, ever so close. I stayed left at two Y-junctions as I encountered them. The navigation was easy, not confusing at all.

At the west base of the hill, the road ascended a rib, then much steeper to what may have been an old tiny mine. To the base, the road was not bad, a Jeep would be fine on it. However, as the road angled up the hill, it dropped about nine notches in quality. Even for hiking, it was a chore, with loose rock and very steep slopes. But it was short. After one more bend, I was on top.

The one-way hike took me about 40 minutes, covering a mile and about 400 net feet of gain, not counting an 80-foot drop and regain into Big Bug Creek. A cairn marks the top but (to me) seems slightly offset from the actual tippy top. I snapped a few photos but didn't stop or sit. The views up here were lovely, lots of peaks and rolling hills in all directions.

I hiked out the same way, returning to my vehicle in a half-hour. The hike went well, with no surprises. The route was easy to follow and was not a bad way to break up the drive. It's not much of a peak, but because it's so close to the interstate with good road access, it's an easy peak to tag if driving in the area.

(c) 2022 Scott Surgent. For entertainment purposes only. This report is not meant to replace maps, compass, gps and other common sense hiking/navigation items. Neither I nor the webhost can be held responsible for unfortunate situations that may arise based on these trip reports. Conditions (physical and legal) change over time! Some of these hikes are major mountaineering or backpacking endeavors that require skill, proper gear, proper fitness and general experience. WHA