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We are not sure how "Brown Mountain" acquired it's name. On the 1955 USGS Ironton quad, it is simply designated "DUCO" "VABM 13,339." The FS Topo 2016 has a similar designation. On LoJ, it has an alternate name of "Duco Benchmark."
With a 4WD to access the trailhead we suggest, Brown Mtn., is a short and easy Class 2 hike over a mix of tundra and rubble. Enjoy great views of Ironton Park and the upper zones of Cement Creek. Easiest vehicle access is out of Silverton, but those with capable, shorter-bed 4WD's, can access this summit from Corkscrew Gulch via US550 and Ironton.