Brown’s Peak (West of Roosevelt)

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.

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  • Delisse G.

    "Why do you want to climb it?" "Because it is there." George Mallory (first to conquer Mt. Everest)

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet you all! Thank you for making my stay in the tempe area an experience that won't be forgotten! I will definitely be back!

    March 31, 2013

    • Delisse G.

      So glad you came along, Janey!

      1 · March 31, 2013

    • Jeff

      Thank you so much for joining in. Glad to show you the great hiking spots anytime you're in town.

      1 · March 31, 2013

  • Delisse G.

    That was an amazing hike. Thanks so much, Jeff. You were a great leader. And thanks to Ron for helping me get to the top!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops--my wife scheduled a tax appt Sat. So I'm out...

    March 28, 2013

  • Delisse G.

    Hi Browns Peak Hiking Group - I've been looking forward to climbing one of the 4 Peaks that I've seen all these years living in the Valley. I'll be there at Pyle at 8 am on Saturday morning, but I wanted to let you know that I won't be able to drive to the trailhead in my car. It was running hot today, and I need to get it serviced. Sorry, I hope others can drive there. Thanks, I'll see you in my jacket on Saturday morning.

    March 26, 2013

    • Jeff

      Hey Delisse, that is all part of the plan. We collect at the Pyle center for a brief introduction, orientation and carpooling before heading for the trail head. I'm hoping to get into three cars so we can share gas costs.

      1 · March 27, 2013

  • Jeff

    Just so you all know a friend flew back from Albuquerque 10 days ago said that there was snow in the Four Peaks region, and I saw snow on the north slopes below 7000' in the Mazatzal's last weekend. There is a very good chance that we will be hiking through some of this. Don't let the highs in Phoenix lull you into t-shirt and shorts, I expect the high to be in the 60s at the top, colder in the shaded crevasse we use to get there.

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I never been their.

    March 26, 2013

  • Joni

    Wish me a well shoulder, people. Not going just stinks.

    March 16, 2013

    • Jeff

      Ooo, how bad is it? Hope you have a good therapy and take it easy. If you can't make it this time I'll keep an ear out for another group headed that way and let you know.

      March 17, 2013

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