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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
astrobrewer
Hiking5.74 Miles 2,046 AEG
Hiking5.74 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   1.87 mph
2,046 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break
 
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My first time on this trail and I loved it! It starts in a pine forest, then after a few minutes you get views first to the West towards Phoenix then of Roosevelt Lake to the East. The trail climbs at a steady and moderate pace. There were lots of flowers in bloom along the trail. Portions of the trail were lined with tall bushes with flowers that were elongated clusters of tiny white flowers that had a strong perfume. At the saddle we got a view of Brown's Peak and the chute that we were going to ascend. The trail gets steeper and steeper as we got to the chute until eventually we were in the chute and had to do a little climbing. There were a lot of people on the trail and they gave us pointers on the easiest routes which helped a lot. Finally we got to the top and WOW! What a view! Amazing 360 degree panorama. Well worth the exhausting climb up that chute.

We broke out some snacks and a couple of cans of Four Peaks Hop Knot to celebrate at the top. We took a few pictures and hung out with the large number of ladybugs up there. I was dreading the climb down the chute, but it turned out to be not so bad. Just take it slow, focus on one step at a time, and before I knew it I was back at the saddle again. The weather was very pleasant. The forecast was for low 90s, but that was for the lower elevations of the Four Peaks Wilderness Area. On the trail the temperatures were in the low to mid 80s, which was great. The wind started picking up as we were on top of the peak, and from the sound of the wind in the pine trees on our way back it probably was quite gusty after we climbed down.

Overall a great hike and a great day.
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