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Cone Mountain Loop - MSPN, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 4.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,724 feet
Elevation Gain -124 feet
Accumulated Gain 362 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.91
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Cone Brown Mountains Loop and Chuckwagon
47  2019-03-17 rrshort
51  2016-12-30
Christmas bird count (CBC) 2016
19  2016-12-19 New2hyk
10  2016-04-03
Brown's Mountain Summit via Upper Ranch
10  2016-01-24
Another meander in MSPN
27  2016-01-16 New2hyk
16  2016-01-01 New2hyk
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Author Crzy4AZ
author avatar Guides 31
Routes 96
Photos 2,637
Trips 601 map ( 2,170 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Dec, Feb, Jan → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn
Sun  5:18am - 7:42pm
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Pleasant desert stroll
by Crzy4AZ

This 4.1 mile lasso loop in the northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a gentle meander around the circumference of a small cone-shaped mountain. This description starts from the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead which offers bathrooms, water, and a nice educational board with timeline of human history in the McDowell mountains. Mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers will enjoy the firmly packed wide trail with minimal elevation change.

From the trailhead go 0.1 miles and take Upper Ranch Trail 0.7 miles to the intersection with Cone Mountain Trail (at sign marker #UR4). These trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve are extremely well-signed, and it would be difficult to get lost in this area. At the intersection between Upper Ranch Trail and Cone Mountain Trail you can proceed either direction depending on time of day and sun exposure or your desire to connect with other trails in the area. I chose clockwise to keep sun at my back in the early morning. Brittle bush and saguaro are the predominant flora, and there are scattered granite boulder formations to catch your eye. Brown’s Mountain is in view for much of the hike to the northeast with a peak of 3,253 feet. Cone Mountain trail continues for 2 miles with slight elevation change and easy, wide turns. Finally you dead end into Upper Ranch trail and continue back southeast 1.3 miles to trailhead.

You can link this hike with Brown’s Mountain trail via Upper Ranch Trail. These trails are very popular on the weekends and the parking lot fills quickly. Cone Mountain loop offers a slightly less crowded spur from the Brown's Ranch Road Trail main thoroughfare.

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2014-01-26 Crzy4AZ
    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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    Paved - Car Okay

    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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