I've climbed Brown's peak a few times. My brother and I tried to traverse all 4 peaks last year, but ran out of water on peak 3. This time we each started out with 170oz water and made it. Caution: the area between peak 2 and 3 is the most difficult. Do not attempt if you are not able to perform several pull-ups. Great to remember, but I will not try it again.
Excellent views. My first Arizona summit. Snow on the northeast slopes. None in the scree chute. I had the entire mountain to myself. Rewarding hike/climb.
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I know Humphreys is higher, but IMO Browns was much more satisfying. The scree chute is not fun, but not overly terrible and not too long. Not sure I'd want to try it with snow or ice. Someday I would like to try the traverse, probably in March or April before it starts getting too hot.
Climb went really fast, and the rock was much more solid than I expected. The chute would be a little more interesting if there were other folks in it at the same time.
Mike, Andy and I made the climb together. Mike and I attempted the climb last year but got turned around due to blizzard conditions on top. Great day to climb weather was perfect with a little snow on the peaks. Could see San Francisco Peaks from summit. Nice climb. If I did this climb again, I would take a rope and rappel down the chute...you don't have to but it would make things faster and a little more fun(imo).
Climbed it in some icy conditions to scout out the "Motherlode".
We climbed this by way of Browns trail. The Scree chute was a challenge made more fun with some snow. My 10 year old and I enjoyed the summit about 11:30 am and the view was spectacular!
Saw Humphreys Peak, Lemon and many more!
climbed the ladybug route (5.5) with my girlfriend on Brown's Pk. This was a really fun, moderate climb. Unfortunately, we found the route ended and required a scheisty rappel into the north gully to reach the actual summit. And yes, there are actually ladybugs on the route.
On other climbs, I've made the summit of Pk 2, and also summited Brown's via the south face / brush route.
Everything you read about the Four Peaks Motherlode is true: exposed, difficult, treacherous, route-finding, etc. We went south-to-north, so went to Amethyst Mine and then up to Peak 4. Brush-bashing was annoying, but not awful. Peak 3 looks impossible, but there are routes that guide you through the cliffs if you're patient. The ramp up Peak 2 is steep, and the crux is as advertised: incredibly exposed and is guaranteed to get your adrenaline going. The rest seemed easier compared to that. Great day in the mountains and these peaks have some of the best views in AZ!
Did a few county hp's before & after the state highpointer convention in Flagstaff. This is a cool little hike, but the drive time was longer than the hike time! This is a remote peak. Went up the north face gully and I thought the crux was class 4 because I had to face in going down. Made the mistake of approaching the peak via Hwy 88 to Roosevelt Lake. Avoid that road as it took FOREVER!
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Saw a Canyon Treefrog in the chute. Lots of ladybugs on the summit. And came across an Arizona Black Rattlesnake under a downed tree on the way back. Exciting!
A fun scramble that was made tricky by a fresh coat of snow and ice. Didn't see a thing from the clouded in summit and I turned right back around as it was starting to snow so I wanted to get down right away. I felt the gully was hard class 3+. Probably not class 4 but the ice and snow may have made it seem trickier than it would be if dry. Past the gully it was easy class 2-3 scrambling with an airy but not exposed feeling.
Took the brushy gully up and down on a beautiful March day. Went with my stepdad who had to stop ~500' below the summit. Snow patches in the gully, cacti in the rocks, and loose scree made this climb one of the more challenging of my hiking career, but I at last made the summit in breezy conditions and in the sixties.
If you eschew the Class 3 scree chute as I did, this will still not be an easy hike, and you will need a topo map and some minimal route-finding skills at a minimum. However, if you have the true determination to reach the summit, it is possible.
Knowing about last night's winter storm, i thought i would drive up towards Browns Peak to see what happened. I was the only one on the mountain today! New snow was about 1-2inches at the trailhead and 3-6inches at the summit. So I started off into the dense fog/falling snow following some footprints that i thought was the trail, after the footprints dead ended at about a mile, i realized i wasnt on the trail at all. Broke out the topo map and GPS to find my way up through the snow, i finally found the trail at the junction with the Amethyst Trail. The snow was falling heavy at the pass, and as i stumbled up towards the coulier and climbed my way up the snow was waist deep. I was definately in the wrong coulier (i was on the west face of the summit best could tell) and was forced to turn around due to blizzard conditions and the fact that the cliffs were getting too technical without a rope and a climbing partner. I was at about 7,450ft when i turned back...so close. But one hell of a day indeed for my first day on this magnificent mountain. By the way, i've done many coulier snow climbs before, and this was a VERY difficult climb due to the weather. Dont underestimate this mountain when the weather is bad!
Went up in 1999 following a brushy slope up the north ridges, with some class 2/3 rock scrambles near the top. Exposure this way was never too bad, but route-finding is the key. We descended via the chute. In 2004 my wife and I tried for the top, but I could not find the right route that I took in 1999, and we had to give up about 50 vertical feet short of the top. In December 2006, I went up again with a team of 5, and we followed the route I went on in 1999. Even then we got ourselves up some dead ends before success. I've been on this mountain a handful of other times for various hikes, trainings and rescue missions, including a full-on blizzard in April 2001. My reports
Thanks to the this site, I knew exactly what to expect. While I'm an avid desert hiker, I've never had to rock climb like this. It was very adventerous and an exhilerating feeling! Would recommend this to any experienced and well conditioned hikers. The way down is a severe pain on the knees. My only negative conotation from this hike is that I wish it was a bit longer, it's only 2.5 miles each way. What this site is lacking is the elevation gain of this hike. I'm guessing around 2,000 ft., but can anyone verify?
I just finished a few hours ago and was very impressed the hike. however, I ate a burrito for breakfast not expecting the intensity of the dirt road and felt like vomiting all over myself when I reached the trailhead.
One could say the climb can be divided into two parts: a relatively smooth hiking trail followed by near vertical rocks one must think wisely about. When reaching the top the feeling is very nice and the view is great as well. I laid down against a rock a took a little nap before going back down.
There was a sizeable amount of garbage in the vincinity which was somewhat annoying...if you go remember to pick up your trash. Something about seeing a plastic bag sticking to a sahuaro makes me depressed.