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Amethyst Mine via Brown's Trail
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Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,410 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   1.47 mph
1,410 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We seem to always be taking photos of the Four Peaks when we are out hiking so we finally decided to make the drive out there and see them up close and personal. For being relatively close as the crow flies it takes a circuitous route to get there by car. We opted to come in from the north via 87 and 188 to El Oso Road. The alternative with the closure on 88 was to come around from the south through Globe.

The 12 mile drive into the wilderness on the dirt road was slow but not too bad. El Oso Road lived up to it's name in only a few places. Lot's of dust, and our brand new Hyundai Tucson was well on it's way to looking like an 'Old Pueblo'.

Oh yeah, the hike. We started from the Lone Pine Trailhead @8:30. No one else around. We followed the route shown in the HAZ Guide under the same name as this trip. It's a steady and constant uphill push to the saddle below Brown's Peak. We passed through several eco-zones and views just got better and better. For us the 1400' climb felt much more difficult than it should have. We have not been doing many hikes that venture above desert elevations and this one started at 5700'. The lack of O's combined with the smoke in the air from the forest fires had us struggling a bit.

Once at the saddle we took a snack break then continued on the Amethyst Trail below the peaks towards the mine. We passed the "chute" where you can scramble up to the summit of Brown's. Neither of us could channel any Alex Honnold inner mojo so we just said "maybe someday". :scared: At the 3.2 mile mark we struggled with overgrown thorny conditions and combining that with fatigue from the elevation we turned it around. I really don't like it when I don't finish something but I was totally fine with this bail out.

On the way back we met a young couple at the saddle on their way out to summit Brown's. They were new transplants to Arizona from Illinois and Indiana celebrating their 1 year wedding anniversary. They just joined "Arizona Hiking Group" and said they had been following some guy on social media named "Arizona Chumley". Could it be HAZ's @chumley? We told them about HAZ and it looks like they will be joining soon.

The trip down the mountain was making my right knee fill up with water. Not much pain, just that weird 'thick' feeling. Also, acorns kept dropping from the trees making a racket. Sounded like someone was always in the brush crashing around. We could clearly see two separate plumes from fires to the north and northeast. I took a photo of one of them on the way down. [ photo ] Overall, this hike was spectacular and I recommend it highly. Long drive for a short hike but the views were truly amazing. We only wish the smoke hadn't interfered with our photos...so much haze. :( We stopped in Tonto Basin on our drive out and split the world's WORST EVER green chili burrito. [ photo ]
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