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Brown's, Amethyst & Four Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2019
nancyesan
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
1,260 ft AEG
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Thanks to Joe for posting this Route and Guide in 2004. We have been hiking the Brown's Peak trail since the early 90's when we were young enough to climb Brown's Peak with our college age sons. Now in our 70s, Brown's Saddle is as far as we go. Every time we pass the "TR 133" sign near the saddle, we look down and wonder if the trail down is passable. Last Thursday, we decided to give it a try. It's always more interesting to hike a loop and it was still early in the day. My Garmin map on my GPS clearly marks a trail there, so we decided to follow it down to the Four Peaks trail which we had hiked before and found easy and beautiful.
Down the Amethyst, the going was slow due to all the obstacles blocking anything resembling a clear trail. Early on we found occasional cairns marking switchbacks which deviated from the GPS track, but were frequently confronted with a wall of thick manzanita bushes and had to decide whether to push through or detour around. As we did our best to get back to the GPS track, we did find some clear stretches of obvious trail marked with cairns. As we approached the 4 Peaks trail we had to probe several areas of the thick manzanita growth to finally find a zig zag route through. At least there was no cats claw! Our average speed on this 0.9 mile segment with a 900 ft descent was 0.5 mph.
We did not find Joe's track until we got back, but after downloading it and superimposing it on ours, it was pretty close. With some long handled pruners, maybe someone can make this section of the Amethyst trail more enjoyable. As always, we enjoyed our entire day, including the challenges, in this beautiful wilderness.
09/19/2019
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of Goldenrod in scattered areas, red Hummingbird Trumpet in moist areas along the 4 Peaks trail, Autumn False Tansy-Aster, Abert’s Buckwheat,Paintbrush, Arizona Thistle, Cudweed sp., WildGeranium, Wild Chrysanthemum,Pineland Figwort, Ageratina, Mock Pennyroyal, Beardlip Penstemon, Mexican Pink, Hummingbird Trumpet, Camphorweed, Shrubby Deervetch, Chaparral Fleabane
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