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Four Peaks Motherlode 

YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c R

Type:  Trad, 2800', Grade III
Original:  YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c R [details]
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Submitted By: Ian F. on Apr 27, 2010

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Excellent sunrises on this climb, if you're wi...


OBJECT: All 4 of the Peaks in a day. This is a great adventure for anyone that wants to scramble 4th and easy 5th class for a day. This is also not to be taken lightly. The Four Peaks are rugged, and committing. Most parties go without ropes, in order to save time, thus falling is not an option, and there are locations where falls will most likely result in death or serious injury. The best approach is to hike around to the south via the Amethyst Mine trail and up the gully between peaks 3 and 4 (1 being Browns, and 2, 3, 4 going south). Once on top of 4, look north and plan out your attack. Head north up and over peak 3, up and over peak 2, and up and down Browns Peak back to the car.

Route finding is the name of the game. Very satisfying adventure. For more information check out www.


The route is what ever you feel good about. There are as many options as one can think of, however there is always a path of least resistance, and a path with the least objective hazards.


It is recommended to solo this route for time sake. You need to be comfortable with climbing up and down Class 4 and Easy 5th without a rope. Otherwise you will run out of daylight. Cactus, Agave, and loose rock are everywhere. Climb safely and enjoy.

Photos of Four Peaks Motherlode Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south at Peak 2 from Browns peak.
Looking south at Peak 2 from Browns peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux on ramp to the summit of peak 2 from the sout...
BETA PHOTO: Crux on ramp to the summit of peak 2 from the sout...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peak 3 (L) & Peak 2 (R) from Peak 4
Peak 3 (L) & Peak 2 (R) from Peak 4
Rock Climbing Photo: somewhere between 3 and 4
somewhere between 3 and 4
Rock Climbing Photo: somewhere between 1(brown's) and 2
somewhere between 1(brown's) and 2
Rock Climbing Photo: top of brown's peak at dawn
top of brown's peak at dawn

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By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Apr 27, 2010

fun mountaineering adventure! takes longer than you'd think, especially between peaks 2+3. can get a little hairy if you try to stay on the true ridgeline, but easy enough to drop low and pick your way through the cliff bands (I think we did a 50ft rappel to avoid going too far out of the way).
By Ian F.
From: Phx
Apr 28, 2010

Pernell, Yeah, I guess it depends on your comfort level, and the route you take. If you are fast Grade II. For most though, it is a full day.

Roman - I agree that the majority of the route is Class 4 and lower, but because of the ability to take a multitude of routes, easy class 5, is easy to come by, and people should be aware. And like you said the crux is getting from 2-3, or 3-2.

We made the mistake to drop off the East Side of 3, and found some nerve racking down climbing. Apparently the easier way is off the west side.

BTW- great shot on the east side of 3.
By sean peters
Apr 29, 2010

We did it in one long day and did not find anything that required any use of a rope. I believe the entire traverse took six or seven hours (started at south end, near the mine) and ended on Brown's Peak. A fairly easy escape route can be found between the middle of the four peaks if one wants to do just half of the traverse.

A longer but more difficult trek is to do the circumference of the range...the eastern side is troublesome but yields some nice bear dens!!!


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