Browns Peak

Mesa, Arizona

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A trail and cross-country hike to the top of the highest of the Four Peaks, and the highest in the southern Mazatzal Mountains. Although the craggy peak looks impressive, it’s actually easy to climb and you’ll only need your hands in a few places. The trail climbs south from the trailhead through a fine stand of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak that was nearly untouched by the Lone Fire of 1996. It swings southwest and passes through a broad saddle, then turns southeast, back toward the main ridge, and enters an area where the fire killed nearly all of the trees. Be alert for falling trees, which can topple at any time but are especially likely to fall during windy or wet weather. The view is much better without the trees, or at least it will be until the chaparral brush gets reestablished.

Browns Peak Professional Review and Guide

"A trail and cross-country hike to the top of the highest of the Four Peaks, and the highest in the southern Mazatzal Mountains. Although the craggy peak looks impressive, it’s actually easy to climb and you’ll only need your hands in a few places. The trail climbs south from the trailhead through a fine stand of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak that was nearly untouched by the Lone Fire of 1996.

It swings southwest and passes through a broad saddle, then turns southeast, back toward the main ridge, and enters an area where the fire killed nearly all of the trees. Be alert for falling trees, which can topple at any time but are especially likely to fall during windy or wet weather. The view is much better without the trees, or at least it will be until the chaparral brush gets reestablished."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 1,960 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,700 feet
Top Elevation: 7,500 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Four Peaks; USFS Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Browns Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2007
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great scenic drive to the trailhead, took me about an hour and a half to hike up at a fast pace. Make sure to pay attention, the trail is relatively easy to stray from. I had to leave visual breadcrumbs every now and again. On a side note i was able to get a strong cell signal the whole way. The view from the top is breathtaking and the drive back is amazing as well. The elevation makes for a great temperature even when it is triple digits in the valley. Nice and windy at the top too. I would highly recomend this trail, especially if you want to get away fromthe heat for an afternoon.


4/24/2006
1

great hike. I did it at night. lots of fire damage.



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May 2018