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Brown's Mountain Summit via Upper Ranch, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Loop 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,740 feet
Elevation Gain 476 feet
Accumulated Gain 528 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.64
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Nice loop with a peak
by Booneman

Likely In-Season!
This new trail in the Northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve takes you clockwise around (and to the summit of) Brown's Mountain, starting from Brown's Ranch trailhead. Follow the rolling Upper Ranch trail for approximately 1.9-2.0 miles until you reach Brown's Mountain trail, which is where the climb begins to reach the saddle at 2.4 miles. A short, steeper 0.2 mile section will take you to the summit at 3,253ft offering expansive views of the North valley. The descent takes you down the South side of the monuntain on Brown's Mountain trail 1.4 miles back to the trailhead.


Brown's Mountain is somewhat unique in that the trail actually takes you to the peak, unlike most trails in the preserve. The area also has a great deal of history in regards to the Brown family and ranching in the early 1900s. This newly opened section of the preserve (June 2013) offers over 50 miles of trails well suited to hikers, mountain bikers, riders and runners. Even though the trails are very well marked, be sure to pick up a map at the trailhead (provided free of charge), and bring plenty of water as the trails are completely exposed to the sun.

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2013-06-23 Booneman
    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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    To Brown's Ranch Trailhead
    From the 101 in North Scottsdale, drive North on Pima/Princess drive and go East on Happy Valley Road to the stop sign at the instersection of Happy Valley & Alma School Road. Follow Alma School Road North past Dynamite until it ends at Brown's Ranch Trailhead.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.0 mi - 44m
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 135 mi - 2h 4m
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 139 mi - 2h 15m
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