Browns Peak

Mesa, Arizona 85207

Browns Peak

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."

More Browns Peak Professional Reviews and Guides

"Browns Peak is the highest, northernmost summit of Four Peaks, the prominent group of peaks at the southern end of the Mazatzal Mountains and within Four Peaks Wilderness. Most of the hike is on trail, but the ascent of the peak requires cross-country travel, and the summit involves a short rock scramble.

Since Four Peaks is visible from so many places in the Phoenix area, you would expect the views from this 7,657-foot summit to be panoramic, and you won’t be disappointed. This is the highest hike in this book. surface: Dirt and rocks."

"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."

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7/9/2018
Great hike with 360 degree views, including many other mountains in the Four Peaks Wilderness and Roosevelt Lake. Getting there is a little tough, because the road to the trail head is unpaved and super bumpy. It is a totally enjoyable hike if you are in fairly good shape and don't have a fear of heights! Definitely bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
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5/1/2010
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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8/11/2008
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7/1/2007
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.
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4/24/2006
great hike. I did it at night. lots of fire damage.
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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Oct 2018