Brown Peak, a So-So DPS Peak

CP working weaknesses low on the north face

While some of the DPS peaks are truly classic, more than a handful leave one guessing how they made the list. For those who don't know, the DPS ('Desert Peaks Section') list is a list put together by the Desert Peaks Section of the Sierra Club to highlight high-quality desert peaks. Brown Peak, for whatever reason, is on the list.
CP nearing the top

Actually, that's not entirely fair to belittle Brown Peak. After a bit of a slog across the desert, there are some interesting challenges on the north face, dependent upon which line one chooses. A fair amount of route-finding can even be employed to make this route fun.
Our signatures in the summit register

Upon reaching the summit via a relatively nice route, Rick Kent and I enjoyed the views for a moment or two, Rick snapped about a dozen pictures, then we started back down.
A surprise pothole on the way out

Taking a slightly different route on the descent, we found an unusual water-filled pothole in a canyon near the bottom of the mountain. Sweet!

We returned to the car in a 3-hour roundtrip.


Photos courtesy of Rick Kent