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Oct 26 2019
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.60 Miles 2,349 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   1.96 mph
2,349 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Decided to revisit Amethyst mine, or at least the gate delimited access to the Amethyst mine. The road up to Lone Pine trailhead is in relatively good condition. No big washouts, just lots of annoying bouncy rocks. Took about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Beeline highway to trailhead in my jeep at a somewhat spirited pace. We took Brown's trail up to the chute. I still haven't garnered up the courage to make an attempt at the summit. It could happen, maybe. Went back down to Amethyst trail and followed it all the way to the gate. It is being maintained, but lots of overgrowth = death by 1000 cuts :) Perfect day for a hike!
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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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Jul 18 2018
CannondaleKid
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Amethyst from Lone Pine, AZ 
Amethyst from Lone Pine, AZ
 
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Hiking7.12 Miles 2,110 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   1.88 mph
2,110 ft AEG      20 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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Tracey had never been on the Amethyst Trail and the only time I had was mid-year 2005 so with only 10% chance of showers we figured it was worth a shot.

And like last week, it was just another 3H day... Horridly Humid Hike. Again I was soaked through-and-through within a mile and it didn't let up.

We saw three separate shooters along FR 143 but no vehicles at the TH so we thought we may have the mountains to ourselves.

And we pretty much did until the return trip when two young guys (20-25?) who had topped Browns Peak passed us on the return trip. They mentioned a rattlesnake encounter on the trail on their way up so it must have begun sunning itself after we had passed. Shucks! We missed it. ](*,)

On my one-and-only previous trip out to the end of the Amethyst Trail the gate preventing access to the mine compound was a simple affair through which one could easily pass. But now, due likely to many curious folks ignoring the signs, the gate is now a pretty serious affair, complete with concertina wire... and not just across the top but on the side as well as some distance down-slope.

Another item I noted different from the previous trip was a newer and smaller building. Previously it was longer and narrower, basically a single-wide with only one opening visible from the Amethyst Trail. The photos I took were from some distance back on the Amethyst Trail as the building is not visible from the gate.

No dramas today, no bears, no animals, nothing but striped lizards with aqua-blue tails.

As for me & my back issues it was a relatively pain-free day, with the only item of note was losing the feeling in the first three fingers on my left hand on the return trip and they're still a bit tingly three hours later so I have no idea what that's all about.
Weird... :-k

By time we drove back out to the Beeline shortly after 1 pm all three shooters along FR 143 were gone.

3H or not, it was better than sitting around at home on a hot & muggy day.
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Apr 22 2017
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 Apache Junction,
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.46 Miles 3,112 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   1.50 mph
3,112 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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Peak #4 and back because the Motherlode is like a deathwish... Having done Brown's peak in the past, I really wanted to do another one of the Four Peaks... And some recon for a possible Motherlode. But after that little nightmare, I'm not sure if I deserve that much 'fun'... Visibility wasn't the greatest. But still had amazing views from Amethyst Peak..
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 Goodyear, AZ
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.06 Miles 2,398 AEG
Hiking9.06 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   1.84 mph
2,398 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
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Noticed lots of wet looking clouds hanging about on Four Peaks on the way in this morning. Only two cars in the lot when we arrived at 8AM. Headed up Brown's Trail through the continuously passing clouds. Missed a turn and dead ended, called the attempt on Brown's Peak as we were there to hike Amethyst Trail. Eventually found the Amethyst Trail and followed it until the end at the mine gate. Returned to Brown's Trail and then followed Amethyst down to 4 Peaks Trail and back to the parking lot. Amethyst to the mine was easy enough to follow and just a bit grown over. Amethyst from Brown's Trail down to 4 Peaks Trail was hit or miss. On a well defined trail one minute and completely lost then next. I couldn't believe how quick and completely the trail disappeared. I think it would have been easier to follow going up instead of going down. Lots of bushwacking and leg shredding. Fun day. Perfect temps. Awesome hiking through clouds!
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Prickly Pear in bloom, lots of snap dragon

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Nov 01 2015
hikingaz2
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 Mesa,Az
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.24 Miles 1,873 AEG
Hiking7.24 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.80 mph
1,873 ft AEG   2 Hrs   56 Mns Break
 
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Time to hit the Amethyst Mine, sure glad we did, vista's are amazing, looking down on Saguaro Lake and Burro Cove which we had just done previously was awesome. Trail was well defined,(came upon some bear fresh scat so we were extra cautious) got to the mine gate took some pictures and had lunch and returned. I would go to this area more if it wasn't such chore :-({|=
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May 25 2015
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.13 Miles 4,376 AEG
Hiking9.13 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   1.36 mph
4,376 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
What a nice way to cap off an eventful Memorial weekend. My 5th trip log of the weekend would be the Mother Lode.

I met a group on Brown's Peak and one of them asked if I had ever head of anyone doing all four peak, I said actually...
The rest of the M.L. was complete solitude. I was a little slow, probably related to the routes I chose, but also a little fatigued for some reason. I could not make up my mind all day. I had two routes to use, my first route when I had no idea what I was doing, or my route with Karl that included some stuff I was not crazy about doing alone. I just did not have the usual zeal for climbing, so the majority of the day involved retreating across the bottom of the peaks. A safer route, but not good for time and I found myself in trouble a few times trying to scurry down, when I should have maintained my usual route across the ridges.

I Had a legitimate fall coming down final peak. I was trying to get cute hopping across the rocks to avoid dropping down into the bush and had about a seven foot fall down a couple of quick ledges. No injuries, but it got my attention. I saw three Arizona Blacks, which only makes one laugh, just another thing to contend with when doing the M.L.
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Mar 22 2015
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.95 Miles 2,294 AEG
Hiking6.95 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   1.90 mph
2,294 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Some friends and I have been wanting to hike on Four Peaks for quite a while, and today was finally our chance. We got to the Lone Pine trailhead around 8:00 am, and were on our way. On a side note, thank you to the fellow HikeAZers who answered my query last week about the drive time along FR143, we were able to start within a few minutes of our planned time. Back to the trail, Brown's Trail is a very pleasant uphill hike, it never seemed to get too steep. At the saddle, we took a short break, admired Brown's Peak, decided we were too chicken to climb up the chute, then continued on along Amethyst Trail. The trail is a little narrow in spots from brush, but overall, very easy to follow. We got to the fence at the property line for the mine, admired the scenery, then returned the way we came. We stopped again at the saddle, took a longer lunch break, then headed on down to the parking lot.
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Hiking8.50 Miles 4,060 AEG
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Just another Mother Lode, however, this time with company. A really good time, a couple of guys were making first time runs, and Karl was able to finish the hike that he tore his ACL on not quite a year ago I believe.

I did the traditional 1-2-3-4 so it was a different experience for me as well. We did not really rush over the peaks and took some extended breaks at the summits, therefore, it was not as strenuous as my Mother Lode run in June. But I enjoyed this hike nearly as much, I was able to fool around with some new routes and was finally able to see portions of the route that I had missed on my first run.

A little busy on the trail as we neared the trail head, some people camping there as well, most enjoyed a beer and we called it a day. The ride home was interesting to say the least, a little mad max mixed with the old western and a taste of Phoenix.
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Nov 15 2014
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 Tempe, AZ
Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.26 Miles 3,831 AEG
Hiking8.26 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   0.90 mph
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Hiked some hills. I think there were four of them. Good people. Spectacular weather with mother nature putting on a theatrical show with the clouds. My first time doing 1-2-3-4. I still think 4-3-2-1 is my preference. I have to remind myself to do this more than once a year. Lately I seem to break my truck on HAZ trips. Oh well. Seems worth it.

Video here: youtu.be/DaWd59inpTY
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Nov 15 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.30 Miles 4,060 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   0.90 mph
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After pestering BiFrost for the past 6 months to put together a redemption hike on Four Peaks, the day finally arrived. An almost perfect day for hiking, great weather for the most part and couldn't have asked for a better group.

Pictures and videos from the other partners don't do this hike justice. There are some days that the way the clouds interact with the mountain you are on turn an ordinary hike into something special. Plus to know that only a handful of people got watch nature's talent show with you is a good feeling. Glad that I live in Arizona on a day like yesterday.

If you are a fan of off trail adventures, peak bagging, scrambling, exposure, getting poked and prodded by various sharp flora, scree and a long day on the trail, then this is the hike for you.
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Hiking8.26 Miles 3,831 AEG
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Tried the MotherLode in May 2013 and tore my ACL within sight of Brown's Brother summit and had to hobble back to the TH defeated. After surgery tried again the same year on Dec 21st but we got snowed out. Third times the charm as we had good weather and even better cloud effects.

7am start with the clouds rolling in...Chumley said they were not of the rain variety and he was correct. The clouds made for a great show all along the Four Peaks ridgeline as we made the tough climb across. We took our time crossing and stopped for a nice break on each summit to enjoy the views and cloud show. Definitely think that the climb between peak 2 and 3 is the toughest although it may be just the way we went. Lots of vertical slabs, knife edge climbs, and crashing through brush. But eventually we all made it to Amethyst Peak and celebrated making it across...somebody brought some nougat Christmas mints :)

Great hike...so glad to finally get this one without incident :y:
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Oct 25 2014
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 Mesa, AZ
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,780 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   7 Hrs      0.97 mph
1,780 ft AEG      50 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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A recon hike to the summit of Amethyst Peak 7524' and return via Lone Pine TH.

In brief:

TH:0655
Brown's Saddle: 0748
Mine: 0836
Summit: 1015
Depart Summit: 1055
Brown's Saddle: 1255
TH: 1355

This hike feels longer than the 6 or so miles listed. There was water flowing in the last gulley at the trail crossing before coming around the corner to the mine. There is good trail to the mine and good time can be made on it, but above the mine it is fairly steep with dense brush. The slope up to the saddle appears to be very active. Most boulders less than 20 cubic feet in volume will move. It was slow going above the mine but straightforward in terms of route finding; go up the bottom of the gulley until you hit the saddle and then bang a right. Nothing even close to dangerous, just bash your way up. Views are great, of course. The route over to the other 3 looks 'narley. Some day. Overall this is a longer and tougher hike than Brown's Peak.
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Hiking8.54 Miles 3,952 AEG
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"wow that escalated quickly!"

So Four Peaks was on my radar after reading JJ's recent trip log. That led to a causal conversation with John at Boulders on Sunday about why neither one of us have hit that high point, some how that escalated into me knocking out the Mother Lode!

Nothing was really ideal about this Mother Lode trip either. I didn't even leave Boulders until 10, and it was not until about 11:30 p.m. that the idea of the Mother Lode even crossed my mind while searching for driving directions and a route up to Brown's Peak. I thought why not just download a route and play it by ear? But whose route? I knew well enough not to touch anything done by Dave 1, Joe, Bob P, or J.J. ;)

I noticed that Chumley had taken Claire on his last Mother Lode trip so I figured that route was probably more in my wheel house and sadly more conducive to my skill set and conservative nature. After all, I would be going solo. Lets be real though, I upped the ante a tad bit on Chumley's route, found a few more "direct" approaches ;)

Again nothing was ideal about the planning for this little hike, I jotted down on a 3" by 5" note card "4321 classic" "1234 hard" some driving directions on the back and the names of the peaks by number, that was the extent of my planning. However, to be honest at that point I was pretty much reserved to just finally knock out Brown's Peak.

Even when morning hit I was still just committed to Browns Peak, slept in a little, went to the gym and did not even finish up until nearly 6:30, came home ate a quick little breakfast and really did not rush to leave town. In hindsight, could have probably did without the 5 a.m gym run, there were no shortages of opportunities to work other muscles besides the legs on this hike.

Didn't even start hiking until 9! Sacrilege for the last day of June in AZ! However, thanks in part to my usual early morning caffeine buzz, I thought why not? Although, in hindsight it would have probably been prudent to let someone know where and what I was doing before sister's peak, when I finally got the bright idea to at least shoot Chumley a quick text.

I don't know if I always took the right route, but I made it! The hike was awesome, just a nice little test of nerves, strength, stamina etc. It also had a little twist at the end.

I ran into two guys on way back to TH, and their exact first words to me were, "hey, we are a little loss." When I came across them they were down to one water source between the two of them and measuring shadows in an attempt to determine the cardinal directions. They had violated a very basic rule that whenever I bring up people scoff and laugh at me. A map is nearly useless for the most part if you can not identify any of your cardinal directions, last I check paper maps do not orient their self. I don't want to make light of their situation, but they were close to the TH. However, they were preparing to head back to the fork heading towards Amethyst Mine, as they were sure that is where they went wrong. I told them, "look you two are grown men, so I wont lecture you, but I am going to hike probably a 1000 miles this year, and you will never catch me out hiking without at the very least my compass and GPS and preferably a map if possible." They totally got it and were relieved to join me for final stretch back to TH. Although, a comical situation to most of us, this is how tragedies happen, so if I don't show up, these two guys with about 20 oz of water would have hiked all the way back to the mining area, probably turned around again and who knows what may have happened from there. When we got to the car they told me their goal was to knock out at least three of the peaks, to give a perspective they started ten minutes after me and did Brown's Peak plus about 300 feet towards his brother before they wisely backed off. In fact, the one guy said, "hey did you find you had to climb to hit all those peaks today, because we were climbing!?" I replied, "a little" ;)

After Action Review (AAR):

One thing I did well: Route finding, I don't remember ever having to back track, although, when I post my route it may say different.

One thing I need to improve on: Communication! probably does not hurt to let someone know where I am at for these type of hikes.

One thing I can sustain: Pace was solid, granted I had a route as guide, but was still able to knock out the Mother Lode in under seven hours, seems respectable from the trip logs I read.

Consumed before hike: 1 scoop of NO Explode, 1 NOS Energy drink and a bowl of Kix, Just a little 600mg caffeine buzz to start your day.

Consumed During hike: 80 oz of water, 20 oz of Gatorade, two Fig Newtons, a Rice Crispy Treat and three peanut butter crackers, no time to eat when you are climbing all day.

Final Notes: I always have a soundtrack in my head for my hikes, usually a song I am too embarrassed to admit was stuck in my head, and I silently and even aloud sometimes usually recite the one chorus I know over and over, Well for this hike that song was "Mother" by Danzig, I thought very appropriate.

Just a great way to end my most productive month of hiking as a HAZ member, from Grand Canyon to the top of Humphreys, Bear Wallow, Blue Range, Pacheta, some peaks and high points around Prescott and a nice little grand finale..The Mother Lode.

HAZ Appreciation:Thank you Janelle for route, Chumley said you can thank Janelle for that route, so thank you.
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Oct 13 2013
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,590 AEG
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Despite some guy hitting my truck on El Oso Road, I was able to answer the Amethyst Trail's siren call at a reasonable time Sunday afternoon. The Wilderness was clearing out as I made my way up Browns Trail through golden thickets of gambel oak. Browns Peak invited me to its rugged crest, but I chose to wait for another visit and hopefully tack on Peak 2. A chilly autumn wind swept the western slope of the peaks as I pushed through the thick brush along the Amethyst Trail, adding fresh wounds to already raw legs. Towering above, the Four Peaks glowed amber in the soft light of sunset. The surprising sound of human voices and a miner's drill greeted me at the gate to the amethyst mine. I descended to a rock slide to watch the day's final light fade over the distant metropolis. The drilling continued as the moon rose over the crags above. I made my retreat across the rugged slopes in the pale moonlight, startling what I'm guessing was an unseen bear at one point. Back at deserted Lone Pine Saddle, I contemplated my next move. Into the dark I sped, eventually spending a fridgid night above Clover Canyon on the Rim. After a refreshing dunk in the Verde River at dawn, I drove straight to work. A fine mini-adventure.
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I took the long way home from Phoenix by going up the Four Peaks road. The drive took longer than I had hoped, so I got a late start on Browns Trail. Browns Peak was too tempting to pass up. There was a tricky spot near the top of Browns' chute that I hadn't remembered, where a (new?) chockstone made for an exposed bypass. I started for the amethyst mine at dusk, plowing through brush and singing to the bears. After an hour searching for amethyst, I located a giant piece. Against my better judgement, I shoved the 53 pound boulder into my pack. Two hours later, after many rest breaks and much groaning and cursing, I arrived back at Lone Pine Trailhead, where I made dinner, then rolled out for Jakes Corner at midnight for a few hours of sleep under the stars in the bed of my truck (had to be back at work in Prescott at 8am). Very tired today...
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.80 Miles 4,060 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   0.86 mph
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Been itching to figure out the backwards Z and run the knife ridge on 2. With a two hour earlier start than Mike and I did on Wednesday the temps were a scary six degrees warmer. After a couple ideas we set out for the ol' standard and decided to run the ridge out on 2 north to south.

The peregrine falcons Mike and I dealt with on Wed were back in action. Luckily not so much to the extreme so moments of silence were enjoyed.

From 2 we followed it south coming across a knife edge that was a first for both of us. Which was more fun than scary. Further on we realized we'd checked out the upper Z with juliachaos & Dave1. Last time Dave down climbed a segment and we went on his word to forget it. I needed to see it for myself. It ramps up and around to the top of the bZ. What starts out as a good 3-4 foot ledge quickly dwindles down to a crack. I followed it up just a few yards taking some video. Soon I was shaking uncontrollably yet having a great time too.

There is no way to top out on the backwards Z from this side unless you are into sideways crack climbing with ridiculous exposure. Perhaps one last check on the other side is in order before swearing it off. Moving on we dropped down onto the upper Z where we were greeted by a small snake. Glad we didn't run it in the opposite direction as that would be some surprise at the end! Heading down the angled upper Z we reminisced ( our hike with Steve Forbes' son ) how little we enjoy going DOWN it. To add fuel to the fire our exit was ridiculous.

Back on solid ground we opted for juggy routes on 3 before gnatfest on 4. It was good to meet face to face with the sheer heart pounding power of fear again.


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Hiking8.00 Miles 4,060 AEG
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Mike said he doesn't do the ML often but when he does he prefers it HOT! So after last week's inaugural run a follow up was in order. The game plan was to identify what I've dubbed Dave1's "Speed Route".

Driving in passing Mine Mountain on the east ( about 4,200 ft ) we came to a cow elk and her calf in the road. This surprised me even though I've been telling Bruce they inhabit the area.

69 degrees greeted us at the trailhead. 1 mile in we met some interesting guys. Wally would really enjoy a long dutch conversation with one of the guys. We chatted just under an hour after all was said and done.

Took 5 quarts and consumed 3.5. Would have consumed more if it would have thawed...lol Long sleeves and pants again. Much warmer and this setup won't work for this cowboy.

Mike seems to be on par in route finding with Juliachaos at her peak performance years ago. We identified Dave1's "Speed Route" in slow motion. For the first time I can finally say I'm beginning to understand peak number two :y:

Great hike minus the worlds most annoying bird that cackled for hours only gasping for air on occassion
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Mom doesn't get a lot of summer visitors so Mike and I decided to go say hello. Temps were extremely nice to Peak 2 then up to 90 degrees at the end. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Took 6 quarts agua and consumed 5. Wore pants and a long sleeve dark blue shirt... the only super thin poly I own, not as hot as feared.

At one point I thought Mike lost his rope as it dropped off a bush when he passed. My vision is on the decline. He didn't bring rope, it turned out to be a snake. Roosevelt Lake is currently the nicest blue I recall. Air quality was pretty good judging by the crisp view of Pusch Ridge in Tucson. Peak 4 was kinna undesirable as the gnats were crazy through the brush. The slightest brush of a twig released thousands.

On the Amethyst Trail we confirmed rather large bears inhabit the area. A monsoon storm will probably wash away the confirmation.
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Amethyst Mine via Brown's TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.80 Miles 655 AEG
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My friend Bob and I drove from Mesa to the Lone Pine TH. We met a truckload of young people that had been grooming trails and it they all appeared to be worn out before reaching the TH just after 8 a.m. The trail was well defined and in great shape. We could see evidence of newly cut manzanita along the way that was trimmed from crowding the trail. Flowers were everywhere the sun could reach them and the manzanita were in bloom as well.

We reached Brown's saddle in just over an hour, then worked through the often brush crowded trail until we reached the mine at the 3.8 mile point and at just over 2 hours. After a snack, we returned to Brown's saddle and decided to try reaching Brown's peak. I'm not sure if we took the right route, but it was a treacherous climb and we knew we would have to find another way down. We found the chute east of the one we climbed up to make our descent. After about 1/4 mile we found evidence of others who had used the route and traced it back to Brown's saddle. We were happy to have found the mine as well as bagging Brown's peak.

A sad note: Bob lost his Panasonic camera with all his pix on the way down through the shrubbery. Hope someone runs across it soon and gives me a call.
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We saw lots of lupin and other flowers I am unable to name. The manzanita was in bloom as well as some other shrubs. On the drive to and from, we saw many other flowers and flowering cactus that we didn't see at higher elevations.
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