Brown Canyon Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Brown Canyon Trail is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Hereford, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.1 miles
646 feet

dog friendly


mountain biking

trail running


mountain biking
16 days ago

Fun loop for mountain biking. Clockwise recommended. Nice road and double track route up. Not too steep and not too crowded.
The single track is fun (it’s single track after all) with some fun berms and things you can use as kickers... watch for run-outs though, it can get rocky in spots. There aren’t any spots that you cannot make easy by simply slowing down. Don’t go fast with your beginner friends.
Counter clockwise could be fun if you prefer climbing single track and descending on rugged double track, but the blind curves would be an issue.

1 month ago

A nice trail for training, running, walking. I used to horseback ride here but there are too many blind turns and mountain bikers so we no longer consider it safe for horses. Which is a shame since we made that trail. For the most part bikers are considerate but then there’s the other type....And folks need to keep dogs on leashes. It’s the law. I’ve been attacked by two dogs in separate incidents on this loop when one man lost control of a pit bull and another had a loose Shepard. So be aware, stay safe.

2 months ago

Great walk with the dog.

3 months ago


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mountain biking
4 months ago

Not for the beginner allot of steep sections on the trail.

11 months ago

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.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

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.

Monday, May 09, 2016

amazing trail for the dogs only complaint is there is no markers for the trail splits....amazing scenery!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great trail. Loved the scenery, and the trail wasn't too hard for the kids (9 and 10). Only complaint is that the trail markers don't give any distance and the early trail split isn't marked.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Great trail- sunny and exposed during the first part but then it becomes more shady when you get into the woods. Dog friendly which we enjoyed. FYI- The last part is spent walking on the road back to the parking lot

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Moderate difficulty with beautiful scenery, plenty of shaded areas and diverse terrain to keep you interested and entertained. Great for dogs as well.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pretty and varied loop with miles of off-shoot trails

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love this trail it's kinda my go to trail for mountain biking I would rate this as easy to light moderate

mountain biking
Sunday, August 24, 2014

I just completed this trail today. It was beautiful and green. I am new at mountain biking so I basically hiked with my bike to the top and then I rode down. It was a great work, a lot of fun and oh so beautiful!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Did this hike back in March and loved it!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nice trail that gives you just enough incline change to make it a decent workout but not a smoker. I went in mid-February on a Sunday morning and saw a fair amount of trail runners and bikers but not so much as to make it feel crowded. Will do again.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

This is a great trail for an afternoon hike. Either direction from the trailhead will make for a great hike or bike Part of the trail is either paved or improved dirt vehicle roads, and most is single track. There is a really steep hill which I can't see anyone biking up, but perhaps it's possible. I think there is a small trail that avoids this steep hill and takes you by the house. I'll check it out next time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Any trail we go, we would never go without a map. Hiked Brown Canyon a number of times. A first time easier start is to drive to Brown Canyon Ranch, park there and take off. After a while on the trail, depending on the season, you'll find a small brook on the left side of the trail. Want a challenge, take the Pomona loop. Hiked this trail several times, starting from Brown Canyon Ranch, and from the trailhead parking lot. Another great way to connect with Brown Canyon is starting from the Nature Conservancy at the end of Ramsey Canyon, follow the Hamburg Trail, and turn onto Brown Canyon Trail. Depending on the elevation, trees and vegetation change. Saw deer and squirrels - no bears thank goodness.

8 months ago

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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