Brown's Mountain (McDowell Sonoran Preserve)

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Brown's Mountain - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Brown's Mountain - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Brown's Mountain - McDowell Sonoran preserve
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Brown's Mountain - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Brown's Mountain - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Hiker along Brown's Mountain trail - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Cone Mountain as seen from the Brown's Mountain trail - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Elevation plot: Brown's Mountain trail - McDowell Sonoran preserve
Hikers along the Brown's Mountain trail - McDowell Sonoran preserve

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Scottsdale, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take state HWY-101 North to the Pima Road exit. Drive north on Pima road and after six miles, turn right onto Dynamite road. Go east on Dynamite Road and after 3 miles turn left onto signed Alma School Parkway. After 1.5 miles of driving on this road, you'll reach the well signed Brown's Ranch trailhead. There are water and restrooms at this facility.
city
Scottsdale
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
4.20 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.2 miles for the round trip
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us just under 2 hours.
Elevation Change
500 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 500 ft gain to the top of Brown's Mountain.
Hike Trail Type
Loop

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
November 22, 2014

Solitudue

Solitude
Low
Solitude Details
With the birth of the McDowell Mountain Sonoran preserve, this area is very popular.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
Nice views and convenient access from the Phoenix area. This is an easy hike. If you take the short 0.2 mile spur to the top of Brown's Mountain, add another level of difficulty to Moderate.

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Routefinding.

Hike around Brown's Mountain in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix, Arizona

The most recent addition to the McDowell Mountain preserve is the area around Cholla mountain, Little Granite mountain, and Brown's Mountain. There are plenty of hiking opportunities in this area. One fun loop hike is around and on top of Brown's Mountain.

From the parking area, head north on the signed trail for Brown's Ranch Road. All the trails here are easy to follow and all trail junctions are well signed. After 0.3 miles of hiking on this trail, you'll cross the Powerline Road #2 (JCT_1ST on the map). Continue straight. You'll clearly see Brown's Mountain on your left. After 0.3 miles more, you'll reach the intersection with the Brown's Mountain trail (JCT_2L on the map). Turn left here. After 0.1 miles you'll continue straight at the intersection with the Wrangler trail (JCT_3ST on the map). 

From here, the Brown's mountain trail starts to climb gently. After 0.6 miles, you'll reach a small saddle (JCT_4 on the map). To the right is a short walk to a view. To the left is a short 0.2 mile spur trail to the top of Brown's Mountain. This little spur trail is a bit steep, but straight forward. From the top of the mountain you get good views of Cholla mountain and Little Granite mountain to the North East, Cone Mountain to the South West, and Pinnacle peak with the rest of the McDowell mountain range to the South. Backtrack to Brown's Mountain trail when you're done enjoying the views.

From JCT_4, make a left (heading Northwest) and descend 0.6 miles to the interesction with the Upper Ranch Trail (JCT_5L on the map). Turn left here. After 0.7 miles of hiking, you'll reach the trail junction with the Cone Mountain trail (JCT_6L on the map). Stay left here and hike 0.5 miles along the Upper Ranch Trail. You'll reach the junction with the Wrangler trail (JCT_7ST on the map). Stay straight here and stay straight again at the junction with the Powerline Road #2 trail (JCT_8ST on the map). Continue the last 0.3 miles to the Brown's Ranch trailhead and parking area to complete the loop.

There are plenty of other hiking trails in this area to explore. Enjoy!

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