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9 by photographer avatarTerrySwicegood
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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2005
TerrySwicegood
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,957 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,957 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Due to the closure of FR 143 we went the long way around up El Oso Road from Roosevelt Lake. The first thing you need to know is that this is a very good unpaved road, and most passenger cars can navigate it. My hiking partner, who has driven in on FR 143, said that we made better time going the long way round. We arrived at the TH at sunset on November 4th, 2005, cooked dinner, and turned in. This was the first time in ages I have slept out under the stars, and due to the fact there are no "city lights" the stars were shimmering. A little chilly overnight, and my down bag was perfect. We left for the summit at 7:30 am and after reading many conflicting stories on how difficult the "chute" was, I carried a 150 foot rope and rock pieces and slings. Here's the skinny on this hike, and I hope it helps everyone. Brown's Trail is a good hiking trail which intersects at 1.76 miles with the Amethyst trail (which merges in from the left). At 1.91 miles is Brown's Saddle (6678 feet), a flat spot with a small hill to your right and Brown's Peak looming to your left. A good climbers trail heads eastward from Brown's Saddle toward the peak. In roughly a half an hour you will enter the chute many describe for this climb. (See my photos on Brown's Peak for a look at the chute.) It is not frightening or dangerous, just a steep gulley with loose rocks. Hiking poles help. Three fourth of the way up the chute are two "technical rock climbs." The first is an eight foot section which I rate as class 3 or easy class four. Hand holds and foot holds are there and the exposure is minimal. The second, just 30 yards up the chute, is fifteen feet, class four. Again, good hand holds and foot holds are available. People afraid of heights might want to throw a short rope (30 feet) into their backpack. However, neither of these "technical" sections are hard and the risk of falling is minimal if you just use the available hand holds and footholds. About 100 yards past the second "techical" section you come to a tiny saddle. You emerge through the chute via a small crack (6 feet wide) and the world opens up. To your right is Peak 2 (7642 feet) and to your left is the summit of Brown's Peak. It's an easy five to ten minute scramble to the summit and a good marker for you is a towering century plant on your right. At the summit the views in all directions are spectacular....the Matazals to the north and west, Roosevelt Lake to the north and east, the Valley of the Sun to the south and west. It took us two hours and fiteen minutes to the summit and two hours back to the car, hiking at a slow to moderate pace. Others who post here do it a bit quicker, but for the average hiker, this would be the norm.
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