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« 2016-02 Arizona

February 18, 2015: Brown's Peak, Tonto National Forest, Arizona

This trip (map) was full of unpleasant surprises. First, the road to the trailhead (18 miles each way) was really awful. Then, despite record heat in Arizona the preceding week, I found patches of snow all the way down to trailhead elevation (5700'), and I'd neglected to bring gaiters. Then I tried to take a shortcut around the east side of the mountain and was thwarted by deep snow and thick manzanita patches. I finally found the "normal" chute that leads up to the summit, but it was filled with snow, meaning I had to either post-hole up the middle, climb up the sides, or a little of each. I reached the top (7657'), but it was exhausting; I ended the day almost two hours behind schedule and with soaking wet feet.
saguaro cactuses desert rock pea point-leaf manzanita flowers Brown's Peak point-leaf manzanita berries
lupine shoots wildflower shoots burned trees & snowy ridges thorns & snow Rock Creek
manzanita trunk Brown's Peak & a dead tree Brown's Peak chute to the summit agave
cliff below the chute scree chute snow-filled chute lichen on white crystalline rock western false summit
the climbing route the rest of the Four Peaks view to the northeast (Roosevelt Lake) "Templeton, 1867" graffiti view to the west
the summit & the view to the northwest hedgehog cacti & cliffs deep posthole snow-filled chute Brown's Peak
snow on the trail vertical rocks "Woodstock" rock Four Peaks Four Peaks & clouds

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