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15 by photographer avatarclayncallaway
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
clayncallaway
Hiking9.21 Miles 4,367 AEG
Hiking9.21 Miles   10 Hrs   52 Mns   0.85 mph
4,367 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I have been meaning make triplog entries on Hike AZ for some time, and I figured I would start with the Mother Lode.

Before 4/11, I had hiked Brown's peak once, and made one attempt at the Mother Lode in a 1-2-3-4 fashion. The 1-2-3-4 attempt was not pretty. We bagged 1 and 2 in a timely manner but really struggled down 2. We eventually hit the saddle and realized shortly after that we should stop. In retrospect, I am glad we did.

This trip we decided to do the 4-3-2-1 approach. We started at just before 7 AM and hit Amethyst Peak by 9:30 AM. We ran into another group that had done the ML before while we were coming down Amethyst. The group quickly passed us on the way down 4 and we were fortunate enough to see where they started the more technical sections of peak 3. Just as we started getting into the heart pounding moves up peak 3, clouds moved in and snow started to fall. We bagged peak 3 as the weather conditions worsened.

As we started our descent down peak 3, the sun began to shine. We made it to the spot we had turned back in the 1-2-3-4 approach and breathed a sigh of relief. We made excellent time down to the saddle between 3 and 2, took a short break, and started the hike around the east face of 2. We caught a glimpse of one of the hikers from the group ahead of us making an ascent straight up the "ramp" of peak 2 (pic included). It was incredible. Peak 2 was slow but nothing compared to our previous attempt. Peak 2 was ours.

The descent of peak 2 was quick on the knife edge but I accidently led us too far down and to the east and we paid the price. The only upside was that we found a phone that someone had dropped in the area earlier that day. The phone was successfully returned to its owner on 4/12! Anyway, down peak 2 was slow. We finally we got back on track and went thru the window rock formation.

Our ascent up peak 1 was quick and we were ready to be done. We bagged Brown's just as more rain/sleet/snow started coming down. We went down the chute and back to the car! When I hit stop on my Suunto it was 5:45 PM.

Overall this hike was difficult but very fulfilling. I don't see myself doing it again. HA
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