Brown Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews

Brown Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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18 days ago

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.

hiking
20 days ago

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.

hiking
25 days ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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)

2 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Nice ridge hike

9 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful views. Not very well marked in the valley section. We built a couple of cairns to try to help others out.

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy walk with great views of the towns below and landscape all around. Easy walk but good cardio in places.

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy walk with great views of the towns below and landscape all around. Easy walk but good cardio in places.

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy walk with great views of the towns below and landscape all around. Easy walk but good cardio in places.

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy walk with great views of the towns below and landscape all around. Easy walk but good cardio in places.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy walk with great views of the towns below and landscape all around. Easy walk but good cardio in places.

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy walk with great views of the towns below and landscape all around. Easy walk but good cardio in places.