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mountain biking
6 days ago

Like most trails in Brown's Ranch, mountain bikers out number hikers. So if you're looking for a nice peaceful hike, mountain bikes flying down the trail might harsh your mellow. During the winter months when the weather is nice, there will be a lot of them. I've seen hikers perturbed after repeatedly stepping aside for bikers. You might get a few horses too, but at least those are fun to look at.

It is actually beautiful. I went this am, late start. Turned around after a bit. On trail 45 min. Came back to my car & rear window smashed. Items stolen from car. Police said several cars were hit. At sunrise & another trailhead.

Really too bad

Beautiful canyon on the way in and really nice views from the top. I saw 5 other hikers on my hike that started at 5 PM on Friday afternoon. 75% of the way was shaded and a nice breeze was blowing which brought the temp down 10 degrees or so from 108 when I started out. The 1000' foot climb up is a lot easier than comparable hikes around the valley.

This was a great trail! Difficult but not too hard, we will definitely be back!

14 days ago

Sunrise hikes are the best

This trail is no longer accessible at the Legend Trail end. The Legend Trail HOA has decided to close it all off to any public access and no trespassing signs are posted all along Legend Trail. I suspect it's because of a parking issue since there is no real parking area, there was a small turnout that used to have 3 or 4 cars in it much of the time. I don't know why that bothered anyone but it's not filled in with rock. Cone mountain is still easily accessible from Browns Ranch to the south though.

I had every intention of doing an out-and-back to Bell’s Pass but decided to make it a loop because the scenery was so lovely. I found it pretty moderate and completed it in just under 4 hours which mileage showing around 9.4 miles. Loved it!

A wonderful, moderately difficult, non-technical hike so close to Scottsdale! We started at 5am and caught the sunrise on our way up - the views from the top are incredible. Highly recommended.

Good hike with lovely views both up and down the mountain. Be sure to keep going, because, at the top, the first large rock outcropping you approach is not Tom's Thumb. You'll need to walk around that to get to Tom's Thumb.
I hiked this trail on one of Phoenix's first over 80-degree days, thus got lucky to see a Diamondback on trail. It made the hike that much more meaningful.
This trail is well maintained, wide enough to accommodate people passing each other.

Love this trail and it''s not as traffic as other trails I go to.

Like this Trail, beast to get an early start this time of year. A lot of the Trail is vertical inclines. Good workout!

Nice hike, easy and quiet.

I like this moderate trail, it's a loop and it takes me about two hours to complete it. sometimes it can be little crowded tho, specially on Sundays.

29 days ago

Would be brutal in full sun but a great hike inbetween monsoons!

Nice terrain and inclines. Amazing views, worth it for sunrise. Got there at 4:55 on a Saturday to 1 other cars. Full parking lot by the time we left

1 month ago

Easy trail that's basically flat. Nice trail if you just want to get in a quick hike and still have that feeling of being on a trail. Got a late start and this shares the trail with Gateway Loop so it was a little crowded initially with lots of loud chatter. However, once the trail split, I only encountered 4 other people and a dog along the way and was able to enjoy the birds chattering instead. :) I've done a few trails in the preserve and I think this preserve might be my favorite. There's a little something for everyone.

Quiet and relaxing.

1 month ago

My favorite hike so far. Very moderate steep incline for a while but after you get passed that it is easy. The views from the top are the best in Phoenix in my opinion. Very pretty, worth the hike for sure.

1 month ago

Rocky desert trail gives you good exercise

Awesome trail! I went at 6pm and saw a total of 5 people there and back. Great scenery in all directions!

1 month ago

Good hike. Was pretty flat in the very beginning leading up to the incline then it gets pretty steep as the trail progresses. Cool view at the top of the 3,848 foot mountain including Scottsdale Airport and the greater Phoenix valley area (downtown and Camelback Mountain) to the southwest and the greater desert area to the north and northeast.

This is a good trail to do as soon as the preserve is open. You can hike up to the pass before the sun rises over the top. I was half way back when the sun hit me. It's a good workout with nice views on the pass.

1 month ago

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

2 months ago

First time walking this trail and I loved it. A leg workout for sure, first part is a little tough but gets easier up top. This is a huge hiking area so I did not have too much time to explore side trails as much I would love too. Definitely returning and exploring more. Highly recommend this trail! Bring plenty of water! I was almost out walking down the hill.

Took us 1 hour up, 50 minutes down. The trail is easy to follow. This is a leg workout! Great views at the top and along the way. We started the trail at 6 am and the temperature was perfect. You do get some shade in the middle of the hike too, at the hour we went.

2 months ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

2 months ago

First of all, I’d definitely recommend doing the hike. Very clearly marked. Well maintained. Beautiful view — I did mine at sunset and it was amazing.

My watch registered this hike at just a shy under 5 miles. And, it was a tad harder than I had anticipated it would be.

The first .25 miles are nothing but a walk through the desert. The next .75-1 mile was essentially straight incline - you think you’re done a bunch of times. Tons of switch backs. Very little relief. The last .75 was a mixture of ups and downs but since you can see your destination it’s not bad at all.

I’d strongly suggest not going in the heat of the sun.

Great trail. Moderately hard. Longer than 3.6 miles. Both people in my party clocked it at 4.6 miles round trip. Steep the last part to the peak. Would love to do this trail again. Highly recommend, nice views.

Beautiful hike and very well marked and maintained trail

Great trail. Mostly flat. Great for all ages.

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