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Brown's Brother 7642 - Four Peaks - Peak 2 - 12 members in 35 triplogs have rated this an average 4.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 07 2019
DixieFlyer
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Four Peaks Mini-Mother Lode, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,538 AEG
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I decided to do this hike once again -- it was my 3rd time. I of course took Tracie, my #1 intrepid hiking partner, with me along with a couple of others.

The route finding from Brown's Peak to Brown's Brother is getting much better for me. It was a great day for a hike, and we all had a great time.

Someone had spray painted some gray dots on some rocks in the lower part of the chute, which didn't excite me too much. I don't recall seeing the painted dots when I did this hike last month, so it must be recent. The route up the chute is easy to decipher, so the dots seemed unnecessary to me.
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There was not much in the way of fall color, but we occasionally saw a bit of fall foliage.
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Hike & Climb5.60 Miles 2,558 AEG
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Brown, while difficult to access due to the driving time, was pretty easy with Wade driving his truck on the Oso Rd. Brown's Brother, despite being enjoyable, probably would have been impossible to ascend alone and without a GPS. I guess a Paper Map or photo with drawn on route would have been good, too.

Going up Brown was easy and the first summit was nice. Dropping down used alternates not expected. Going through the saddle towards the slabs of Brother proved easier on return than going out. Brush was the main problem, but it was tolerable. Once near the small or young Douglas Fir growing underneath of the shrub oak, the climbing began. Again, knowing the way proves invaluable. Once on the ridgeline, the traverse was fun. Views from the Brother were enjoyable, and those of the Peak 3 and 4 also quite nice. Someday I'll get to them.

Headed back the way we came, only minor confusion at times. Fun hike.
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Hiking6.40 Miles 2,557 AEG
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I did this hike back in June, but took a really bad route on the west side of the saddle from Brown's Peak to Brown's Brother. I have wanting to go back and take the east side of the saddle, which is what most people seem to do.

I hiked with @JimH , which is the first time that I have hiked with an active HAZ member.

We took the long way to the TH on El Oso Rd, off of Highway 188. The road was a bit rutty and washboardy in places, but it wasn't too bad.

We made pretty good time going up and down Brown's Peak, but the portion of the hike from Brown's to Brother was a bit slower than I thought. Jim didn't slow me down too much though...lol...I can assure you that it was the other way around!

The traverse across the saddle went much better than the previous time that I did this hike. However, I had a bit of difficulty a couple times finding a good safe climbing point once we got to Brother.

The weather was great: sunny, not very windy, and not hot. The visibility was really good, and we could see lots of distant peaks.


This was a fun hike, and I enjoyed hiking with a professional hiker like Jim!
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May 09 2019
DixieFlyer
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DixieFlyer
Hiking7.40 Miles 2,618 AEG
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I had been wanting to hike to Brown's Brother, and I managed to persuade Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, to join me on this hike. We decided to do a Mini-Mother Lode by hiking from the Lone Pine TH up to Brown's Peak, and then continue on to Brown's Brother. After that we reversed course by going back to Brown's Peak and then back to the TH.

We drove to the TH by going up Highway 87 to Highway 188, and then to El Oso Road. This was much longer mileage-wise as opposed to taking the signed exit off of Highway 87 to Four Peaks, but time-wise it wasn't too much longer. El Oso Road is in decent shape and most any vehicle can drive on it to the TH.

Brown's Trail #133 is in good shape and it is nice to hike on. This was my fifth trip to Brown's Peak, and I pretty much have the route up the scree chute down pat. It isn't THAT bad, all the human erosion in the chute notwithstanding.

The trek from Brown's Peak to Brown's Brother and back was plowing new ground for me. I had read a lot of triplogs and downloaded some GPS tracks, and I thought my route for the descent down from Brown's Peak and the ascent up to Brown's Brother were both pretty good. I can't say the same thing for my route along the saddle between the two peaks. There is a rock outcropping in the saddle, and I first tried going over it, and wound up having backtrack and go around the west side of the outcropping. I'm sure that there are much better ways to go than what I did; but we did make our way to the Brown's Brother summit, and made our way back to Brown's Peak.

It was a fun hike and the weather was perfect. I've now hiked to 3 of the Four Peaks, with Brown's Sister yet to go. It remains to be seen if that one is in the cards for me!

Counting breaks, it took us 7.5 hours to do the hike. My GPS said that we were moving for around 2 hours 45 minutes, and were stopped for around 4 hours 45 minutes. That wasn't close to being right -- if anything the numbers should have been reversed.
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there are still quite a few wildflowers along Brown's Trail -- lupine and western wallflower are most notable, but there are others as well. On the drive on El Oso Rd, at lower elevations there were lots of prickly pear blooming
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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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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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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.

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Hiking8.30 Miles 4,060 AEG
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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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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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Nov 01 2014
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Brown's Brother 7642 - Four Peaks - Peak 2Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,558 AEG
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Enjoyed clear weather and mild temperatures for a climb of Brown's Brother. Times are approximate. Got to the Lone Pine TH just before 7:00AM. No other cars in the lot. Took the route up over the top of Brown's. Got to Brown's summit around 9:00 and took a quick break. The route over to Brother took the crack that begins about 100 feet E of the summit, then down for a hundred feet. Things began to look cliffy so I traversed W one crack over and took that down to the big slab that extends E from the saddle. From there you can see what appears to be a line or shallow crack running due S in the big slab in which there are 3 or 4 small pine trees spaced at 50 - 100yd intervals. I followed this S to where there appeared to be access to the cliff bands. Worked my way up a couple of levels of rock to the exit point where there is a big snag. That was my mental way-point for the return (I don't like GPS, just a Luddite I guess). From there I worked up to the edge and then due S along a pretty well defined knife edge with big drops to the W. Really enjoyed that part. Very cool. Then up to the summit. I have read that the 2 - 1 traverse should take about half an hour. It took me almost 2 hours to get to Brother, but only 1 hour to get back, being more familiar with the route. I am sure that moving my very fastest and after I had done it several times I still could not do that in 30 minutes. No way. Had bizarre cloud cover blowing up over the summits while up there. Very dramatic. At some times it would white out and I could not see more than 20 feet. Gave me some tense moments in route finding but it all came out well. Found the snag for the exit to the cliff bands and down-climbed, then back up over Brown's and down to Lone Pine. Got back to the TH around 2:00PM. Not many entries in the summit log on Brother. They are pretty much all from Mother Lode climbs. I am eating the elephant one bite at a time. Brushy, cliffy, and tough, but loved it! Had a few moments where I thought I could get killed if I made a mistake, but there was always a somewhat safer option to take if I just took a little more time. I am going back for more!
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Jun 30 2014
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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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Nov 09 2013
chumley
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Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.10 Miles 4,060 AEG
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I've been itching to get back on the Mother Lode in the past few months after my successful introduction last spring (thanks Janelle!) A few people have been trying to get me to take them, and it frequently comes up in hiking conversations about it at Boulders. Not entirely confident that I could nail the route as well as Janelle when she had done it 6 or 7 times over the span of a couple of months, I decided to risk it and lead my first ML!

Claire had done half of it two years ago with Liz, but they got tripped up on their route and there wasn't enough daylight so they hadn't finished it. Turns out she had Saturday free and asked to go, so I put off another hike I had planned, excited to do the ML.

Everything went fine, if not a little bit slower than my first trip due to a few places where I didn't remember the best route. We never got too far off track, and ended up finding the way without having to do any backtracking, which was nice. My 4/30/12 GPS track was amazingly accurate and incredibly helpful at times. I do recommend that track to anybody looking for a good guide to follow. (You still need to find your own route at times, but it is a real helper).

As we climbed Amethyst there were three guys climbing up Sister (by what looks like a crazy route). I got a few photos, and you can barely even see them when I zoom in! Really puts it into perspective!

We got tired and slower after Brother and managed to get to Browns just before sunset. A quick celebratory beer and we headed down the chute while there was still light. From the bottom of the chute to the saddle we hiked in moonlight as the red sky disappeared to the west. A leisurely stroll by headlamp back to the TH punctuated the day where we both felt exhausted but with that great sense of accomplishment you just can't get on a normal hike.

I hurt today. I forgot what an absolute :pk: -kicker that hike is. :stretch: And I can't wait to do it again! : rambo :

Three very cool 360 photos from each of the peaks 4-3-2. The Browns one got washed out because the sun was too low in the sky:
Amethyst: http://on.bubb.li/aql376wv8qyr18vvp/
Sister: http://on.bubb.li/atrhz1gx1fj6nq4vr/
Brother: http://on.bubb.li/ay23s1vapw4xvmy84/

Stats:
1 liter of plain water
1.5 liters of vitamin water
3 slices of pizza, half a sandwich, some jelly beans, and a hop knot :)

7:10 start
8:20 saddle
9:20 mine
10:40 Amethyst Peak (4)
11:00 leave
12:20 Sister Peak (3)
12:35 leave
1:30 saddle (2-3)
1:40 leave
3:25 Brother Peak (2)
3:45 leave
5:20 Browns (1)
6:20 saddle
6:30 leave
7:25 TH
For perspective on how this works, my GPS recorded just 2:56 of "moving" time, and 9:19 "stopped". I assure you we were actually moving most of the time it thought we were stopped!
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Looks like I have a lot of trips to catch up on.. I almost forgot how to post a triplog :oops:

A couple friends asked if I'd be willing to join them for a motherlode hike. Sort of a no-brainer, so we set up a time and met up pretty late at the TH. Got hiking at about 7:20 and took it pretty easy the whole trip. Tim was fighting with a sprained toe from the get-go, and neither one of us was feeling great that day. We all got up Brown's, took a break, then 'shwacked on over to Peak 2. I forgot there's a trick to getting to that one. Namely, not climbing up that first little rise in terrain.. oops. Tim and I decided at the top of 2 that we'd bail at the saddle. It was getting hot and that wasn't helping things.

We pushed and pushed straight down from Peak 2. I didn't find the awesome route that I'd found the time before, so there was a lot of second-guessing going on. I assured my hikemates that this was the way to do it, and that going south would just end in disaster. Eventually saw a tree that looked familiar enough, and we headed over toward the saddle, finding the usual route on the way. Morale boost.. :DANCE: Took another break at the saddle for lunch, then gave some awesome beta for 3 and 4 to the remaining three hikers. I was told later that Peak 3 was perfect (and fun!) but they stayed right going to 4 (instead of right-left-right), which meant more and more bushes. Meanwhile, Tim and I were pushing through our own allotment of vegetation, sliding down scree patches, and pushing rocks down on one another. I'd say it's probably easier to just finish the peaks than it is to bail between 2-3, but if you need to get off the mountain then there's definitely a way.

I thought about coming up here again this spring, but it's just gotten too hot, and it's very overgrown. Taking into account all the other times I've been up there, I think this was my least favorite just because of how thick the foliage was. Definitely going to try it again in the fall, when it's a bit cooler and nicer out.
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Karl setup a good ol' fashion Mother Lode adventure. Postcard weather greeted us at the trailhead! Upon arriving at Brown's the gnats I feared most were nowhere to be found. With Karl's recent foray to Brown's Brother he led the way guiding us through the divot maze.

Heading up towards peak two Karl got into a hiking story from a trip to Mexico. Finishing it with a twirling ballerina move that would make Nancy Kerrigan proud. Unfortunately Tonya was near in spirit and the Russian judges docked 2 points for the landing.

One foot landed in a void where he thought there was something. This threw off his balance and his falling body forced lateral pressure. Which caused pain inside the knee. After a short rest he stood on his own. We moved on. Within ten minutes he said certain types of steps were painful. Everyone agreed the right decision was to head back.

...let's all hope this isn't too serious

Great to meet James and Karl, looking forward to the redo!
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May 04 2013
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Brown's Brother 7642 - Four Peaks - Peak 2Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Great hike guys...right up until the point where I slipped (while telling a hiking story) and fell into a hole and twisted my knee near the top of Peak 2. Too bad because the weather was great and company even better :) After short attempts to walk it off I decided the best choice was to head back. Thanks guys for being patient and getting me back to car! At least we got to enjoy a good brew and conversation at the TH :D
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Brown's Brother 7642 - Four Peaks - Peak 2Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,558 AEG
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Not much to add after reading Joe's report. For me it was the first time ever in that area and can't wait to do more exploring up there. Was a great combination of route finding, climbing, hiking and bushwacking. Along with perfect temps and some new found hiking partners a good day for being out.
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johnlp
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Brown's Brother 7642 - Four Peaks - Peak 2Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,560 AEG
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Figured I should do the Mother Lode before Joe tells me I'm too old and won't let me go. Things started out good. Cool weather. nice breeze, and we beat the crowds up to Brown's Peak. The climb up the chute seemed less dramatic than last time I did it. I guess I took a little easier route this time.

On the way to Peak 2 Karl twisted his knee. He tried to keep going, but wasn't doing well. At that point we decide to hit Peak 2 then head back the way we came. Karl wanted us to keep going while he went back solo. Joe nixed that idea. We needed to make sure he made it back to the trailhead. After all Karl was our ride. :D

Karl made it back in one piece fortunately under his own power. We found some shade at the trailhead, had snacks and drinks, chatted a bit, then headed home. Nice hiking with Karl and James for the first time. Joe was on his best behavior. :o Thanks for driving Karl, hope the knee injury is not serious. Good times.
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Apr 21 2013
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Four Peaks-Browns and Peak2, AZ 
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Hiking6.30 Miles 3,053 AEG
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Went to Four Peaks and decided to do Browns Peak and Peak 2. But just before we started up the trail a meetup group of 30 showed up at the trailhead. And to make matters worse there were car campers at the TH taking up 5 spots so it was a mess with the small parking area.

We left all the excitement in the parking lot (they were heading to the Amethyst mine) and headed up to Browns. I could call it half the Mother Lode but from the looks of things between Peak 2 and 3 it's probably less than half....maybe a quarter. Not too bad between Browns and Peak 2 with some exposure but everything had good foot and hand holds.

Once on Peak 2 took in the scenery with an adult beverage, some snacks and contemplated a future trip for the whole thing. Returned to the saddle and from there we decided to take an alternate route down the Amethyst trail #253 to the Four Peaks trail #130. Trail #253 is in pretty bad shape and fades out in a few spots. Four Peaks trail is in great shape and found some nice water at Bear Spring.

Great hike...just need to finish the rest of the Mother Lode :)
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Hiking10.70 Miles 4,139 AEG
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I woke up 2 hours late and decided to still give it a go. I left my house about 445am. The 2 eagles were overlooking the verde :y: on route to my destination . The route I chose for today was gonna be kinda difficult. My 1st motherlode was an MLDV with Joe and Chris(kinda difficult hike guy). This day started off with more problems. My bladder leaked from my Cholla incident on Friday. I lost 2 quarts of water and my bottom was wet. I had frozen water bootles in my pack and thought the wetness was from the condensation :doh: . So I had 3 1/2 liters and a Motherlode on steroids kinda day left.

I started on the AZT heading in the opposite direction from last time. I knew my occipital lobe would be in overload. It was so much so that I overshot my off-route area. The ridgeline up to Browns was ruggedly awesome with views that can't be expressed with words or pictures.

As I descended Browns, I heard voices and as I ascended 2 I saw two guys. We chatted for awhile and we decided to hike together. I was off and shortly after, one of the guys caught up and told me his friend bailed. I saw the other guy on and off from 2-4. We pretty much stayed together down to the mine and back to the car. The mine gate was open today...A first for me. When we got to the TH, his friend wasn't there. :scared: Hopefully there will be a happy conclusion, but we both felt he should have made it back way before us :pray:
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Dear Four Peaks: We have to stop meeting like this. I'm beginning to believe most of our experiences together are doomed to be Epic. With perturbed love, Liz.

I wanted to go back. One full year gone by sans one of my favorite places in Arizona. I mentioned this to a couple friends, who found great interest in joining. I warned them it could take a while. That it would be rough and tough. I probably made it sound a tad more imposing than it actually was, just to make sure they really wanted to do this. They did.

I checked the weather daily, looked at pictures, reminded myself of my notes. The planned route: 1-2-3-4. This is my favorite, and it would mean not having to downclimb that infernal Brown's Chute! We headed out to the trailhead the night before, joining some nice strangers for camping and music. Early the next morning we were on the move. Not too much longer we were staring at the other three peaks from Brown's, extremely contented with the views and the goals ahead of us.

The route to Peak 2 was fairly uneventful. I went up the false divot by accident, but easily went back down and then up the three climbs before the ridge. The ridge traverse was nothing, and soon we were on top and enjoying a ladybug-less summit. Stopped for some food and chatter, and signed the log. I figured I'd take the wormhole route down since I've been there before. It's a lot nicer than downclimbing the steep quartzite and bushwhacking the oak hollies. But then I couldn't find the wormhole. Looking back, I'm 95% certain that it was the first place I searched, but probably just didn't go far enough to actually locate it. I searched around a little more, and we decided that it might be better just to downclimb 2. If it took too long, we could always try bushwhacking to the Amethyst Trail for our return. We went down, down, down.... then up, up, up again when the dropoffs were encountered.. then down.. up... a pattern began to appear as the sun began to disappear. Panic started to set in, so we returned the way we came, eventually recognizing each downclimb we needed to get back to Brown's. Once between Brown's and Peak 2, it was dark.

I don't know what route we took. A voice inside said, "Stay left," so I did. It didn't seem right. Nothing did. We continued up anything that looked do-able, just hoping that the next level would bring recognition. Eventually, we found the talus/scree fall on the south side of Brown's. Almost there! Three exhausted climbers pulled their aching bodies up onto the summit, and then gingerly picked their ways down the Chute. (So much for that idea! :?) Once on trail again, the chatter brightened and the mood lightened.

We may not have made all four, but we did have one unique adventure together. Thanks Joey, for helping take the lead when I was too exhausted to do so, and thanks Claire for the moral support when it was most needed. You guys rock!
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