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Brown's Cone Loop, AZ
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Brown's Cone Loop, AZ 
Brown's Cone Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.52 Miles 1,145 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.51 mph
1,145 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I ‘borrowed’ the trip log name from one of Tibber’s hikes. It sounded appropriate.

This was a warm-up hike for my hike partner Mike, whose in town only in January. I tagged along to show him the ‘Scottsdale North’ hiking area. In February Mike and his wife will be off to Africa to do some serious hiking and exploring. Every January, he uses me to get him in shape for such excursions. :)
(Last Feb he was off to New Zealand to ‘tramp’ around).

We started at the Brown’s Ranch TH, and first went to Brown’s Ranch and did a bit of exploring. I also said ‘hello’ to the Azimuth Mark for GRAN benchmark (which is on the ranch grounds).

From the ranch, we went up Brown’s Mountain, using what used to be the only trail up. The first part of that trail is actually an old jeep track that went to the mountain’s saddle. Scottsdale doesn’t acknowledge this route and is letting it disappear.
Also, Scottsdale took away the huge mail box atop Brown’s Mtn, which served as a summit log. It was there in Feb 2012.

We descended Brown’s on the new trail, then used new trails to circumvent Cone Mountain. Cone Mtn has to be the tiniest mountain around that’s surrounded (almost) by overgrown boulders. Quite a contrast.
After Cone Mtn, we wandered back to the TH.

A nice day and a good, warm-up hike for Mike. Now he’s ready for more desert fun.
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