Brown Mountain Trail via Brown Mountain Picnic Area

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Brown Mountain Trail via Brown Mountain Picnic Area is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked 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 September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 659 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. No shade. Subtle ecosystem changes as you proceed along the hike. Trail is in good condition and not that difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

I consider this a great . it's on the lighter side of moderate but not quite easy because there are some steep inclines and switch backs. Just a wonderful afternoon hike the cacti are in bloom, very enjoyable hike.

hiking
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

2 months ago

Good moderate trail.

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike! The purple and orange rocks were mind blowing. This trail has a lot of loose rock and gravel on the eastern side of the mountain but besides that it’s pretty smooth! Careful with all the different kinds of cacti, because some of them do cut close! But it is a beautiful hike and I’d do it again. Great spots to take pictures from.

hiking
3 months ago

I LOVED this trail! At the top you get a 360 degree view of the whole area. It’s breathtaking. The up is a bit of a challenge but it’s gradual and not a steep incline. You will be going up and up and up for the first two miles. I went left / clockwise on the loop. The wildflowers are gorgeous and everywhere. Highly recommend!

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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Wildflowers in bloom! Beautiful trail. Not a lot of traffic on it. Highly recommend!

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no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Awesome trail but definitely a workout. I highly suggest doing the mountain, uphill, rocky half of the trail first. Do all the hard work first and then the second half of the hike is a breeze. It was a beautiful hike, purple red and orange rocks, lots of wild flowers, and of course cactus. I tracked climbing 50 floors so be prepared. Took us just a little over 2 hours with a couple of stops. Highly recommended but not for beginners

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rocky
4 months ago

A solidly moderate trail. Rocky with switchbacks heading up the mountain on the south side. Shooting range noise until you are able to put the mountain between you and it. Great panoramic views of Tucson Mountain Park from the top. North side of loop is flatter with more solid packed soil.

hiking
4 months ago

Agree with all the prior reviews. Nice hike. Lots of views. Big payoff for not a lot of work. Lots of plant life. It’s a beautiful walk through a desert garden.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked it today. I recorded 4.53 miles, not the 3.9 per AllTrails. Great hike. Really gets the heart pumping. About 800 feet EC. Lots of Brittlebush in blume but only a small number of poppies. Quite a few folks today, but still felt like you had the place to yourself. Great hike. Took us about 2.5 hours. Not out for a land speed record. Perfect weather.

hiking
4 months ago

Liked this trail so much we decided to hike it again today

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Awesome trail. Loved the views.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Good trail with two distinct parts. Steep and rocky on the hilltops section, flattish and sandier along the washes and lower slopes on the north side. Lots of spectacularly twisted Saguaro on the lower side. Great views from the hills.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Great views to Tucson Mtns and all points west. Rocky in spots.

6 months ago

This is a very nice trail to hike, not to long and not a lot of elevation, just a nice mid hike.

hiking
6 months ago

This was really a beautiful trail. Apparently this area gets more water as the vegetation was lush including green ground cover. Hedgehog cactus were profuse popping up like freckles on the face of the desert. Expansive views as you climb up and out of the Saguaro forest are just lovely

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