|Hiking||8.00 Miles|| || |
|3,076 ft AEG|| || || |
This hike didn't turn out as we had originally planned due to the weather. For the entire ride to the TH, the peaks were not visible due to cloud cover. Once we started the hike, the clouds started to clear some, giving us some hope. Once we had arrived at Brown's Peak, however, it was pretty apparent that not only was it not worth the trouble to try to make it to Peak 2, the thick cloud cover reduced visibility so much that even attempting it seemed to invite the possibility of getting lost, which I've already done once up there and don't plan on repeating.
I have actually done Brown's Peak before, almost. Six years ago my friend Ted and I got to the ridge and instead of summitting (which was not even another 50 vertical feet), we went down the east side in search of Four Peaks TR. #130, which took the rest of the day. The climb up the crevice was as harrowing as I remember from six years ago, plus the added joy of slick wet rock and snow in patches. I expected the climb back down to be much more difficult, and with an almost guaranteed stumble and injury at some point. Fortunately, this didnt happen. The cold and wet weather made it less pleasant for me due to the fact that my glasses were constantly fogging up, reducing visibility even further. Even with gloves for a better grip, by the time we got to the top, my hands (and everyone else's) were almost frozen from getting wet.
Once we got back to Brown's Saddle, we decided to take the Amethyst Trail to the mine to make up for not gettin to Peak 2. The views were nice once in a while when the cloud cover broke some. Every once in a while the thick clouds and dead trees did give an interesting surreal look for AZ.
Apologies to nonot again for the miscommunication on where to meet in the morning and contact info.