This weekend I took another shot at climbing to the top of Brown’s Peak. It is the tallest of the Four Peaks with are located outside of Phoenix. It is also the highest point in Maricopa county with an elevation of 7,657 feet. If you don’t remember, I previously made an attempt at it and ended up taking the wrong trail. You can read my post about my first attempt here.
On this attempt, I made it within 100 feet of the peak but stopped because of the weather. So I am still satisfied with the outcome because I could have easily made the last 100 foot stretch on a clear day.
Anyways, Instead of opening with a explanation of the hike, I thought I would share this video I put together of the hike. I want to start doing more videos so here is the first attempt:
(If it doesn’t show up, see it on YouTube)
The Hardest Hike So Far
The hike to Humphreys Peak may have been longer and higher in elevation, but it did not compare to Browns Peak. The steep rock chute I had to climb to get to the top was unlike anything I have previously attempted. I read a lot of reviews of this hike on other websites and it made it sound much easier than it really was. So if you are planning on trying this, make sure and watch the video before you set out on your adventure.
It took around two hours to get to the false summit where we ended up stopping and another two hours to make our way back down to the car. I believe it was around 4 miles total which is still a pretty good workout.
The temperature got down into the 40′s even though we were only about 40 miles from Phoenix where it was much warmer. Add in the 50 + mph winds and it gets pretty damn cold.
And Now For the Photos
What would a story on Life of Justin be without a few photos from the adventure? Crap…that’s what. Unfortunately it was really hard to take pictures with the wind and rocks but I managed to snap a couple good ones. So check them out:
Me standing on the rock chute
Look how steep it was
A view looking down
It was an awesome experience and the hike was really cool and challenging at the same time. I managed to get by with a scraped up thumb and a sore ass. My girlfriend on the other hand, ended up with a decent size cut on her wrist and a black and blue knee. But hey, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger (or really sore).
It makes me wonder how I sometimes manage to do things I never would imagine myself doing. But hey, that’s what makes my life interesting (and hopefully this blog). If you want to check out the rest of my pictures, check out the Browns Peak Photo Gallery.
PS. This week should be pretty travel filled since my family is flying in to town tomorrow night.