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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
afrankie
Hiking5.73 Miles 2,212 AEG
Hiking5.73 Miles   4 Hrs      2.37 mph
2,212 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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It started and ended relaxing lakeside down at Roosevelt, but the guts of the journey were fantastic. I approached from the east and while my low clearance Subaru handled the dirt road no problem, and most 2wd would, I seriously questioned the kid who took his granny's late 90s Chrysler New Yorker up into thin air. I arrived 20 degrees lower than at the lake and threw on some jeans and a windbreaker/rain jacket to get me through what was cloudy and muddy trailhead. Gorgeous! Reminds me of springs back east. Seriously with the clouds rolling through the mountains, steam coming off the ground, and the general eeriness that accompanied a higher elevation arrival I couldn't have asked for more :DANCE: .

The clouds kept my cover about all the way until the chute. We (wife and I) met up with three guys at the chute and tackled the hallmark climb of the trail with them. They'd been up here before but kept a slower pace, so it all evened out in the end. Overall I didn't think the chute was terrible, but there were two climbs that demanded firm handholds and a gettur dun attitude for my short and inflexible legs. It was a fair amount of exposure w/o cables for those two climbs for something that (it seems) is a well traveled trail. Found a little snow on the north face, but it was gone at the peak.

Found the gnarliest rock squirrel at the top with a gashed camel-tumor on it's back. We offered sympathy crumbs as a last meal for the bugger. View from atop was brilliant over the lake to the east, but clouds still hadn't cleared to the east so it was minimal looking towards the Valley. Sun finally peaked on the way down, giving the trail a totally different vibe. We unexpectedly ran into a bunch of west valley mates on the trail when we heard familiar coaching and bickering as they made their way up the chute. We continued down the scree chute so excited to continue our descent on flat ground that we ventured a good 100 yards down the chute well past our turn off. After a backtrack we cruised down in the sun.

Never any regrets, but next time I'll bring a can of my fave and aptly titled beverage to crack up top :) :gun:
Fauna
Fauna
Rock Squirrel
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Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
Evan Hardin

Footloose adventures are documented instagram @afrankie8.
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