Explore the most popular birding trails in Tucson Mountain County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love these mountains the views are beautiful and it’s very quiet/not busy at all. Be prepared for no cover or shaded areas. Very windy at the top which cools you down but be careful! Very fun hike

Go early ! It’s warm. But a great trial run. Pups loved it.

Nice hike but trail is not great. I spent most of my time looking down so as not to slip on all the loose rock and dirt so I missed much of the beauty of the area. Did see a small herd of mule deer close to the end of the trail though.

This is the 6th time I’ve hiked Brown: twice at the base, twice on the loop, once straight up the S end and back down, and (today) from one end to the other. My hiking buddy and I parked one rig at each end of the mountain. We began at the Trailhead off McCain Loop, and finished at the north end (by the restrooms). We stopped several times, since we hiked during the heat of the day (which I do not recommend). Brown is always a great workout!

Great hike. Go when it’s cool as that last peak is daunting in the heat.

Great short trail. It may be easy for 20 to 40 year olds , but a little challenging for a 62 year old fart.

Parking nightmare! Great if u stay at the Marriott. Otherwise plan to pay $15
StarrPass Trail is better option.

This is a beautiful trail and a fantastic way to see the Tucson mountains. Fairly dense saguaros, varied terrain, and gorgeous views. My only complaint was that I saw several dogs which are clearly prohibited as stated on the sign. Now, I am a serious dog lover and honestly don’t mind them out there, but there were many piles of poo on the trail so either someone’s not picking up after their pets and/or there are some critters about that could seriously harm your pet. Be cautious and courteous if you’re going to bring Fido.

Hiked from Gilbert Ray Campground. Trail to top of Brown Mountain then loops back to parking area. Great views.

Enjoyed this desert hike in the different cactus. Elevation was not taxing. The trail was fine, but you needed to watch your step. Beautiful 360 view from the peak.

Great winter hike. Close to town and short. Amazing saguaros in the hidden canyon!

Really enjoyed this hike. We went counterclockwise on the loop so all the more difficult stuff was at the end.

This trail is NOT open for dogs! Was very disappointed after driving to the trailhead to discover that trails in the Tucson County Mountain Park are not open to dogs except service dogs. Really too bad!

Done this trail a few times before, and again on NYD this year. Nice mix of up and down for one half, and pretty level for the other. It's a good trail to stay in shape during the week. Takes between 1.5 and 2 hrs, I would think... I start at the trailhead off McCain loop road to the E of the route shown here (The little black dotted line coming off the middle of the white road just below Kinney Rd and meeting the trail). I do the peaks first. Nice views of surrounding desert, and really nice to start just before sunrise. It's pretty much murder in the summer, like everywhere in Tucson, but if you get an early start, or go on a cloudy monsoon day, it's every bit as enjoyable. 3 stars only because there are a million hikes like this in AZ...Extra star for convenience to Tucson, making it achievable during the work week. :)

5 stars = as good as it gets!
There may be better trails, but this novice has yet to encounter them. I feel accomplished after this hike!

Leading up to this trek, I conditioned on 6 previous trails (including 1 trip up Tumamoc and 2 trips along the base of this mountain—between picnic areas). This was a challenge for me, as I have chronic joint pain (mainly knees). That said, I was able to complete the loop with relatively little pain. (However, I use trekking poles, take turmeric and fish oil daily & take Aleve as needed for pain.)

FYI: there are 4 peaks (maybe it was 3, but it seems like there were 4) along this ridge, so keep that in mind, if you are a beginner like me.

TIPS: I recommend starting at the Brown Picnic Area and hiking clockwise back to the trailhead.. There is a RR and water at the 1/2-way mark: San Juan Picnic Area. One could even hike with a buddy and park one vehicle at each picnic area, if need be.

I really enjoy this hike! I have hiked along the wash (at the base—between picnic areas) twice now. The next time, I am determined to climb to the top and complete the full loop! (I have had to ease into this hiking season, due to chronic joint pain.)

TIP: If you begin at the Brown Mt Picnic area, and want to hike out to the San Jain Picnic Area (where there are RR’s and a water fountain) and back, be sure to veer to the right at The Headless Saguaro. Veering to the left will take you to the top of the mountain.

A beautiful short hike. Emphasis on short. It’s quite brief but would make for a wonderful lunch break for anyone who works on the west side.

If you're looking for something that requires effort, this is not your hike. This is a peaceful meander, thoroughly meditative, in and around beautiful cacti and marvelous views.

Very scenic and easy to hike

quick trail for morning cardio

Simple, easy to follow trail once you reach the hills with nice saguaro views. Not as breathtaking as the canyons but I imagine this sunset beats all others (went during the afternoon in October)

Beautiful! If you walk westward down the wash there are stunning purple rocks for quite a ways.

We did this hike at 11am. Not the hottest point in a Tucson day, but plenty sizzle for a northwesterner. Lots of rocks, but beautiful. A good way to start if you haven't been hiking in a while.

its chill..but didnt look like much of a canyon but it was neat anyway.

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10 months ago

Okay. The Cougar trail starts at pullout K15, across Kinney road from the parking area. It ends at pullout K23, same side as the parking area. The actual distance is closer to six miles in and out. The whole trail basically follows a utility easement and is usually a well defined unpaved service road. at about 1.85 miles, there is a large wash, and the trail spikes away from the power lines. It is easy to miss the continuation over the wash and continue onto the Ringtail Trail where you may find yourself back on Kinney Road at pullout K19, so keep an eye out for the trail - remember it follows the power lines.

After this wash, there are some good climbs, with the last revealing a view of the Tucson Desert Museum, and the highest spot on the trail. From here, you're basically at the end, and can go downhill a few hundred feet to pullout K23 as described above. The hike back is a bit weary, especially after the sun comes up! But mostly downhill with a few shady spots to rest (good for the doggy!)

The Tucson Mountains are your backdrop most of the time, with some good sweeping views of the valley. Also some dense underbrush in the washes and behind the Archery Range (The trail runs the backside of that). There are too some nice groves of saguaro, but overall I'm giving this trail 3 stars. It has poor and nonexistent markings, a number of unmarked side trails, and it is an easement. The power lines are almost always in the view.

Good hike to warm up for something bigger.

Unless you hike more than two times a month, this trail is not easy. It is poorly marked to start. We ascended the west flank from a rather hard to figure path. A large wash has to be crossed w/o signage. The trail is very rocky, with loose debris as you go. Not for tennis shoes or preteen or dogs. The views and Saguaro cacti are outstanding. When descending the east side, the colored rock is very cool looking but very difficult to proceed downhill. I agree that the trail should be traveled counterclockwise.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This was a very nice easy trail to get out and stretch the legs a little bit. There was a nice view of Tucson at one point.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Went with the kids for a morning hike. Quiet and beautiful area. There was some light traffic, probably from the guests at Starr Pass. We saw a small group of deer. The ocotillo and smaller barrel cactus were blooming. Might come back in a couple of weeks to see if the rest of the flowers are out yet.

lots of switchbacks and rocky in some areas. I didn't see any wildlife not even a lizard.

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