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Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2009
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,957 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,957 ft AEG
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1st trip
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We headed up El Oso Road and got to the trail head around 9AM. Joe's truck (I'm assuming because of the HikeArizona sticker on it) was the only vehicle at the trail head besides a broken down Ford Escort.

The weather was perfect. Cool, light breeze. The hike through the woods was very surprising. I was expecting pines, but what I got was the changing colors of fall on the many oak trees. Being born and raised in Virginia, the smell took me back to my favorite season of the year and reminded me of hiking down to the lake behind my parents house. This was by far my favorite part of the hike. I will say that hiking in Arizona presents you with such varying smells. There is the musty/green smell coming down through garden valley on the way to boulder canyon, the smell of Pines up on the Rim or at the Canyon, the smell of a monsoon blowing in, and on the back side of 4 peaks, the newly discovered smell of home.

Back to the hike. The scramble up was pretty fun. There were points of concern and exposure, but nothing too bad. We only saw one cairned spot on the way up, which let me to believe we were way off course, but we kept going up. We headed basically straight up the ridge in the foreground. I think it took us about 2 hours to summit.

We ate lunch, read the graffiti, saw an old champagne bottle (and packed it out), took some terrible pictures and headed back down to the car. I brought some binoculars and kept my eyes out for a couple of hikers on 2, 3, or 4 but I didn't see anyone. I felt like the mother lode was definitely doable for me. I know there is a lot of up and down, but the peaks are surprisingly close. It would be a shame to not attempt it one day.

Our scramble down took a more easternly route. The northern ascent was more vertical. It was longer and we had to bushwhack a little to get back around to the saddle. The route felt safer so that's how we went.

All in all, we had a great time and it was a welcome break from work. I will be back to this one. Hopefully sooner rather than later....
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