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Brown's Brother 7642 - Four Peaks - Peak 2, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 5.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,700 feet
Elevation Gain 1,952 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,558 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 18.39
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 242
Routes 836
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Trips 4,885 map ( 24,932 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:35am - 7:28pm
Official Route
9 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Three 200550.4 mi*
🔥 2020 Bush Fire193.5k
🔥 2014 Browns Fire6.6 mi*
🔥 2005 Three Fire15.4k
🔥 2005 Edge Complex Fire72.3k
🔥 1996 Lone Fire65.1k
🔥 1970 Soldier Fire13.9 mi*
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Warning the 2020 Bush Fire damaged most of the Four Peak Wilderness after almost recovering from the 1996 Lone Pine Fire.
Hurts like a mother but not a full lode
by joebartels

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• Start Lone Pine TH
• over Brown's Peak
• down 1-2 saddle
• up Peak 2
• return

Backpacking and dogs allowed but not recommended. Terrain is harsh and dangerous exposure might be encountered. Climbing experience may be helpful but not necessary. Not recommended when snow or ice is present.

From the summit of Brown's Peak head south (maybe SE) about 50 feet. Tall stumpy grass let's you know you're in the right area. Go down the steep ravine on your right/west. Use the walls for support, as the footing is terrible. The route isn't perfectly defined but you'll figure it out. Halfway down you come to a slanted rock slope (right & below square box in this photo) You can go down through some hollowed out shrubs. However it's easier to just down climb the slanted rock. If you can't I wouldn't bother with thoughts of Peak #3.

You come down on a slanted base, which almost invites you to go right. Which may be an easier route, I haven't tried that yet. Instead I've followed close left on a lightly defined route. It hugs a wall and slightly roller coasters through some painless shrubs & trees. Soon you're at a saddle. There isn't a well-defined saddle. In fact there's two tiny saddles separated by a big rock hump. Keep in mind the descent to here is less than 1/3 of what it took to summit Brown's Peak.

There're probably a dozen routes to Peak #2. Check out the map for two I've plotted. Getting there I definitely recommend the direct route (yellow line). It's probably only a half hour from Brown's Peak to Peak #2 using this route at a good pace. The tough part is up the tiered level ledges. Personally I've grown to love this stuff. You pound out maybe a half dozen short climbs generally around 8 feet. It's fun going up but the thought of coming down might turn your stomach. It isn't direct exposure but you know damn well you might die sliding down the mountain.

The tiered ledges peter out and you're on a sharp and slanted ridge. If you're not into heights don't look right/west as it's stEEp. (Reverse view looking up) Just when you think you're on the summit you have to keep going.

The views from the summit are great, though my favorite views are still from Peak #4. If you're contemplating a full mother lode expedition don't get too excited. The view looking at Peak #3 is a tad deceiving, there's really a 500 foot drop.

For this hike you head back home over Brown's Peak. If you feel uncomfortable going down the tiered ledges you might follow the alternate white route as defined on the map. Keep in mind it has it's own less desirable sections. Most notably being the prickly bush whacking.

Take the time to get to know the maze of terrain. You might enjoy deciphering it as much as the Superstition Wilderness, I know I do!

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2004-05-31 joebartels
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To Lone Pine Trailhead
From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) to the Four Peaks Turnoff which is FR143. FR143 is well marked. Follow FR143 for about 19 miles of sheer hell in a car to the Mazatzal Divide. Turn right here onto FR648 and follow about 2 miles to the trailhead.

From Mesa by CannondaleKid ( 2018-07-20 )
From Red Mountain 202 & AZ 87/Country Club Dr
5.0 miles = AZ 87/Gilbert Road intersection
11.7 miles = AZ 87/Shea Boulevard intersection
13.7 miles = AZ 87/Fort McDowell (Casino) Road intersection
21.9 miles = AZ 87/Bush Highway overpass
26.7 miles = AZ 87/Four Peaks Road (FR 143) Turn RIGHT

From AZ 87/Beeline Highway & FR 143/Four Peaks Rd
0.81 miles = Four Peaks Recreational Parking Lot Continue straight
1.43 miles = Secondary Recreational Parking Lot Continue straight
2.08 miles = Recreational Parking Lot at Forest Road 401 Bear LEFT
3.38 miles = Forest Road 11 (Great Western Trail) 90-degree RIGHT turn
4.05 miles = Forest Road 1521 90-degree curve LEFT
10.87 miles = Forest Road 143A (Cline TH) Sharp 160-degree RIGHT turn
14.98 miles = Mud Spring TH Bear LEFT and continue
17.75 miles = Cattle Guard/Forest Road 648 Sharp 180-degree RIGHT turn
19.10 miles = Lone Pine Trailhead End of FR 648

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 60.6 mi - about 2 hours 2 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 159 mi - about 3 hours 21 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 161 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
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