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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2017
adilling
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,064 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Four Peaks is an area I have traveled around for years, but I have never gone to the top. Making the ascent to the top of Brown’s Peak has been on “my list” for a long time. I was able to find someone with a high clearance truck going up for the hike and I tagged along.

The ride up along Four Peaks Rd/FR401 was beautiful. The desert in this area is so pristine and wild.

We made it to the trailhead about 8am. There were a few trucks there already. We started up the trail and knew it would be a good day as we came across a beautiful AZ Black Rattlesnake getting a little sunshine. He gave a very tacit rattle and moved along.

The hike up was pleasant and a light breeze made it just about perfect temperature-wise. Before we got up to the saddle, we came across a few hikers who were on their way back down. We heard some shooting off in the distance as well. So, I am guessing the other trucks in the lot were guys out hunting?

The mountain was growing closer and closer and the steepness started to go up as well. We made great time to the saddle area and started looking for the “dreaded chute”. The path became clear by the time we passed a few old campsites. Climbing up to the chute area was opening up the amazing views of the Phoenix area. The Superstition Mountain, Red Mountain, the McDowell’s and even Camelback and Piestawa Peak too were all visible.

Well, we made it to the chute. Looking up, I did not know what to expect. I have done the Flatiron and Pickett Post many times. I have heard some tell horror stories of scree and impassable sections. As we progressed up, I found it very steep, but not as bad as I was expecting. It’s no walk in the park, but I have been on worse doing off-trail runs like the Reverse Flatiron. There are a few spots that presented a challenge to get up and over. I had to take off my water pack and camera bag a few times. And, my hiking poles were a hinder going up. I ended up telescoping them down and putting them in my pack.

Once we made it to the “top” of the chute, you still have some more climbing off to the left. When you get up to the summit, the views really open up. The skies were blue, but there was a little haze off in the distance. It still allowed for some excellent 360 degree views. The other peaks of the mountain look so close, but for those of you that have completed the “Mother Lode” hike, my hat is off to you. That looks brutal, upon closer inspection.

We remained up top for a while, taking pictures and enjoying the views. A few more hikers made it up to the summit as well. A couple of college kids from GCU.

The hike back down was on all of our minds, especially the few tough sections. We took our time and helped each other out when we got to the tougher bits. We all made it down in one piece and were quite happy about the experience! I don’t recommend doing this hike alone.

We got back on the easy sections and headed back to the trailhead. We passed a few more groups of hikers, but we saw no more than 15-20 people on the trail the entire day.

This hike is one of my new favorites. I know I will be back up here again because the entire experience is good from beginning to end. Two thumbs up and 5 Stars from me!
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