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Brown Mountain Ridgeline Loop, AZ
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Brown Mountain Ridgeline Loop, AZ 
Brown Mountain Ridgeline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
markthurman53
Hiking4.20 Miles 751 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.74 mph
751 ft AEG      9 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Finished Safford Peak by noon and still had time to get in another hike, might as well since I'm on the west side of town. Brown Mountain Ridgeline Loop is a fairly easy hike along a mountain ridge that runs between Old Tucson and the Desert Museum. I started from the Brown Mountain Picnic area and took the loop in a clockwise direction. As you head north toward the Desert Museum the trail passes over 3 peaks the second one being the highest. On the return route the trail passes over a low saddle then follows low on the eastern slopes of Brown Mountain. This is an interesting hike with nominal views of Old Tucson and the Desert Museum and the peaks of the Tucson Mountains to the east. Don't rush out to do this trail but if you are in the area or get bored with Old Tucson Or the Desert Museum (can't imagine the later), duck out for an hour and a half and do this hike. A good workout if you keep the 2.5 to 3 MPH pace throughout the hike. Don't forget to check out Golden Gate Mountain to the east of Old Tucson. How many times have you seen that peak in some old western or the TV series High Chaparral. This trail can be accessed either at the Brown Mountain Picnic area, the Gilbert Ray Camp Ground or at the Santa Cruz Picnic area near the Desert Museum.
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