Browns Peak

Mesa, Arizona 85207

Browns Peak

Browns Peak Professional Review and Guide

"This is a trail and cross-country hike to the top of the highest of the Four Peaks, and the highest in the southern Mazatzal Mountains.

Start on the Browns Trail, which climbs south from the trailhead through a fine stand of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak. Luckily, this stand was nearly untouched by the Lone Fire of 1996. The trail swings southwest and passes through a broad saddle, then turns southeast, back toward the main ridge. Here it enters an area where the Lone Fire destroyed nearly all the trees. Be alert for falling trees, which can topple at any time. Windy and wet weather is especially hazardous. As consolation, the distant view is better without the forest."

Browns Peak Reviews

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This is a beautiful hike and well worth the 2.5 hour drive (from S Phx). I used the book "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" to navigate my way there and with regard to the driving directions for passenger vehicles, although my Civic made it to the trailhead with only a couples scrapes, I strongly urge a higher clearance vehicle. I agree with the author that this is a moderate hike. No matter how conditioned or in shape you are, the elevation changes gets your heart pumping. But don't worry, there are plenty of gorgeous places to stop and catch your breath. This May hike was my sixth trip to the trail and although I didn't make it to the top of the peak this time either, I have made it farther with each visit. The climb after the saddle is definitely not for the faint of heart. Although there were hand- and footholds aplenty (at least as far as I got), remembering you have to come down the same way can be a bit unnerving. The "down" is always the most difficult, and therefore dangerous part, in my opinion. All in all, a most enjoyable hike no matter what season you choose to hike in.
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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,960 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best April to November
5,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,700 feet
Top Elevation
Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Four Peaks; USDAFS Tonto National Forest map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018