Browns and Amethyst Trails Hike (Four Peaks)

Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 06:15
Leaders: 
Bev - 480-415-7147
Don - 480-209-7963
Rating: 
B LENGTH: 9 to 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) at Wendy's on Shea Blvd, just west of the Beeline Hwy.

The Four Peaks Wilderness area is beautiful this time of year. We'll begin our hike at the Lone Pine TH, but actually do an in and out hike on the Browns Trail. The hike starts out in the Juniper and Ponderosa Pines and we climb gradually to Browns Saddle. On this trail, we’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of Lake Roosevelt, Tonto Creek, and the Sierra Anchas to the east, and Apache Lake and the Superstitions to the west. Remnants of the 1991 Lone Pine fire are still visible, but trail conditions are good. We’ll climb to Browns Saddle where we intersect with the Amethyst Trail. After about 1.5 miles, we’ll turn around at the mine property boundary since there’s entry only by invitation. Once returning to the Browns Saddle, we’ll head up the Browns Trail for several more miles past Browns Peak. Be prepared for a few steep areas.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, have rain gear and/or sunscreen for current weather conditions, and bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks and lunch. Cost to nonmembers is $5.