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9 by photographer avatarmuskybankr
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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2015
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Hiking5.20 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   4 Hrs      2.20 mph
2,064 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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Ron, who’s a young 76 year old, joined Brian and me for our annual assault on Brown’s Peak this year with somewhat better results than last year–this year Brian made the left turn in the scree chute at the 7440 mark and discovered that, with a couple more turns, it took him all the way to the top. Then he was smart enough on the way back down to speed up in front of me and was hiding safely in the notch at the bottom when I sent my annual rock slide tumbling past him. A few more years and I think we’ll have all those loose rocks safely somewhere down around Canyon Lake.

I imagine someone has done a shout out to that 4th Calvary soldier who climbed this peak in 1867 and inscribed a fairly hard rock on the top with that information. Perhaps he rode a horse to the Lone Pine Trail Head but that had to be quite a climb in hobnail boots.

Hills Lupine were abundant to the 6300 foot mark and Camissonia, I think, were also plentiful to the 7000 foot mark although my flower guide says they only grow below 4500 feet, so they may have been imposters or a different variety.

We celebrated our own little victory by taking the scenic shortcut on #143 over to the 188 and it was scenic and shorter until we got to the 188, then it was an hour longer to get back to Scottsdale, even with a mocha frappe, although if you’ve never seen the tailing piles around Miami, the three hour and 15 minute trip might be worth it.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Hills Lupine, Camissonia plentiful. Several other species, not plentiful.
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