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Brown's Peak

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 4.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great forest trail with 3 point difficult rock climb at the end up to the top.


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

68%

Runnable

7,376' 2,248 m

High

5,709' 1,740 m

Low

1,702' 519 m

Up

1,702' 519 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

A rewarding yet challenging run to reach Brown's Peak.

Need to Know

The scree chute is not recommended for beginners or people afraid of heights.

Description

Begin the run at the well-marked trailhead. You're looking for Brown's Trail #133 which begins as a moderate incline with numerous water bars crossing the well-defined path. The forest is lush and untouched by the Lone Fire in the beginning.

Continue running along the trail and the eastern views of the Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake open up. Eventually, the trail hooks up with the Amethyst Trail #253. The intersection is nothing to be concerned with, you'll most likely not even know as Browns Trail gives way to the Amethyst Trail.

Follow the Amethyst Trail for a short distance up to Browns Saddle. You should most certainly take a moment at the saddle to view the Valley of the Sun to the west. Smog usually fills the valley making it hard to see many landmarks. On a clear day, you can see Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, and other small landmarks of the valley. The ripples of the desert floor are breathtaking!

Brown's Peak is special under its own conditions because trekkers run through the forest, desert, snow-covered bushes, and vast vistas over nearby lakes. Although, the most rewarding and equally challenging part of the run is the final ascent up the treacherous scree chute. This part of the trail should be taken seriously by any runners, as its steepness and vertical rock walls are no joke. Even avid runners, such as myself, would consider this chute to be rather dangerous if there's no sure footing.

Flora & Fauna

Pine trees, cactus, shrubs, desert flowers, bears are in the area and deer. I didn't see any though.

Contacts

Shared By:

Scott Mackenzie

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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Photos

West face of Four Peaks. You can see the Superstition Mountain in the distance.
May 21, 2019 near Tonto B…, AZ
view from trail of 4 peaks rocks, trail splits in two directions, across the front or up the shoot (on the left peak).
May 16, 2019 near Tonto B…, AZ
View of all four peaks west side of the mountain.
May 21, 2019 near Tonto B…, AZ
Looking north east from Brown's Peak Trail
May 21, 2019 near Tonto B…, AZ
Looking northwest from trail.
May 21, 2019 near Tonto B…, AZ
View of Roosevelt Lake from trail.
May 21, 2019 near Tonto B…, AZ

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