2.5 hours, just over 5.3 miles, 784 feet elevation gain. Starting from Brown Canyon Ranch house, between the windmill and the modular bathroom is where this trail starts. Fairly easy going for the first mile. The trail forks to the right and to the left. The left trail seems to be utilized by mountain bikers. Keep to the right. and follow the black poly pipe. At the apex of the trail there seems to be some old 'gazebo' and a concrete water trough. Had water in it along with other water bugs and algae. There is a larger 'dirt road' that's actually brown canyon road that will take you back around. It's littered with quartz crystal mine tailings for a good mile. This trail is high enough where you can get another aerial look at the aerostat blimp. As you get closer to Ramsey canyon theres a point of the trail that gets really rough near some houses. It looks as if the road was re-routed through private property and the public road / trail was eroded very badly. It appeared as if there were some attempts at either controlling the erosion or keeping vehicles off the road. Keep straight, the bad section is maybe 200' Eventually this stretch turns to sandy road and not to long after that you will hit Ramsey Canyon pavement where you walk back down to the Ranch house maybe a mile away.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

on Brown Canyon Trail

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

We did this hike a few years ago. Nice canyon. I think we saw one other person that day that was it. I have hiked over here quite a bit, but had never taken this trail. We were trying for Miller peak, but when we got to the crest trail at the top of Miller Canyon, the wind was ridiculous. Again, to many nice days to hike than have to tolerate that kind of wind. There were some sketchy spots of snow along the trail beyond too that we didn't feel like sliding down. So we turned around and headed back down. Good trail up through the canyon though.

I hiked this trail twice. It's a beautiful change to see the lovely trees and great vistas. I would recommend starting at the Brown Canyon Ranch and hiking up to where the trail intersects 3 other trails (about 2.5 miles) and then down again. Much more scenic than completing the loop.

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

This is a great trail to hike in December. I only made it 3/4 of the way before it started to get dark I had to turn around. The temperature also was noticeably cooler as I went up the mountain. Come prepared with a fleece!

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice hike. The weather can be 100% different at summit so prepare accordingly.

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8 months ago

A really nice trail,one of the best so far...well marked & fun!!

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8 months ago

I went out at daybreak today.I really enjoyed this walk,my first in the area.My only complaint was the trails are not well marked,but used the GPS to get back on track.Nice climb..did it in just over 2 hours.

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8 months ago