Description: Browns Peak, reportedly the only named summit in the Four Peaks formation. You've seen it from the Valley and after this trip you can tell your friends you've been atop the one on the left. The trail to the top of Browns Peak is just over 2.5 miles (one way) but ascends 2000 feet. Most of that climbing seems to occur in the final half mile as you clamber up a crease on the north side of the peak. I would classify this hike as difficult for that section alone, it's not technical rock climbing but if you have a strong fear of heights this may not be the hike for you (you can stop at the saddle for lunch while the rest of the group hit's the summit). The views of Roosevelt Lake, Fountain Hills and the Valley of the Sun are usually pretty good.
Difficulty: Difficult, Total Distance: 5 miles
Start Elevation: 5200 ft., Elevation Gain: 2000 ft.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours, Water to Bring: 2-3 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 8am, Pyle Adult Recreation Center
Estimated Return Time: 4pm
Leader: Jeff C
Minimum Attendees Required: 2
RSVP By: Friday, April 29, 7pm
Special Instructions: Bring lunch, NO facilities at trailhead, limited parking. There are two different roads to the trailhead; the longer road can be driven with a passenger car.
Not sure what to bring? Checklists are available here.