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Brown Canyon Trail #115, AZ
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 Sierra Vista
Difficulty 3    Route Finding
Distance One Way 5.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,084 feet
Elevation Gain 1,414 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,660 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.73
Author HAZ Hikebot
Descriptions 12,256
Routes 10,524
Photos 17
Trips 1 map ( 0 miles )
Age 19
Location Arizona
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
5  2014-09-19 Ben Telly
7  2012-08-09 The Mantis
30  2012-06-29 The Mantis
5  2007-10-28 mcolson6
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Coronado
Wilderness Miller Peak
Backpack - Yes & Connecting
Seasons - Spring to Autumn
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
1.1  Brown Spring Trail #199
1.4  Ramsey Canyon Loop
1.4  Ramsey Canyon Trail
1.5  Hamburg Trail #122
1.8  Pomona Mine Trail #116
2.2  Clark Spring Trail #124
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Brown Canyon Trail leads into a scenic little canyon with good views and high desert vegetation. A spur trail, the Pomona Mine Trail, leads to the site of an old tungsten mine while the Brown Canyon Trail continues on into Ramsey Canyon. Brown Canyon is a relatively shallow, open canyon carved among rolling hills covered with grass, oak, and mazanita. Its upper reaches provide excellent views of the sheer cliffs of the Dragoon Mountains' western face, as well as of the Chiricahuas in the distance to the east and the Whetstones and Galiuros to the north.

Some people use this trail as an alternate route into beautiful, bird-filled Ramsey Canyon. Using this route means you don't have to park at the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve visitor center where, if you didn't remember to get the required parking reservation in advance, you'll be turned away. Brown Canyon Trail can also be combined with the Hamburg Trail #122 in Ramsey Canyon to make a fine day trip loop. No shuttle is required if you walk the 1.5 miles of road between the Brown Canyon Trailhead and the Ramsey Canyon Visitor Center. You will need a permit to cross Nature Conservancy property on the Hamburg Trail, and you'll have to leave your horse at home. No horses are permitted in the Preserve. The best direction in which to travel this loop is up Ramsey Canyon and back down Brown Canyon.

Another feature to visit along this trail is the old Pomona Mine high on Scheelite Ridge. A side trip of 1.4 miles will take you to the remains of that old tungsten mine and more fine vistas.


One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.

Map Drive
Sun7:01am - 5:18pm
Preferred Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Early
RoadFR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry
Permit $$

Directions To Brown Canyon Trailhead
Drive 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on AZ Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Follow Ramsey Canyon Road 2.1 miles to a wire gate on the right (north) side of the road. Park here (adds another 0.4 mile onto trail) and follow the two-track road north and west into Brown Canyon where it becomes the Brown Canyon Trail. There is no marker or sign here.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 194 mi - about 3 hours 8 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 84.7 mi - about 1 hour 33 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 338 mi - about 5 hours 14 mins
(Trailhead is generic)
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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