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Brown Mountain Trail via Brown Mountain Picnic Area

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Tucson Mountain Park

Brown Mountain Trail via Brown Mountain Picnic Area is a 7.6 kilometer heavily 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.

Length 7.6 km Elevation gain 201 m Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Reviews (507)
Photos (387)
Recordings (464)
Completed (590)
Jonah S.
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Running
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Daniel Swan
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Mountain biking

Mountain bikers beware do not go clockwise go counter clockwise. The trail can get technical at points during the climb with some decent sized rock and don't forget your spare tube because the cactus are pretty close.

Raquel Downs
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Hiking

Did it counterclockwise. It was nice to ease into the elevation gain. I enjoyed it.

David Valenzuela
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HikingBugs
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Michelle Kendall
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HikingRocky
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Jil Albrecht
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HikingNo shade

I loved this trail! Clockwise is definitely the way to go. Really great views as you move up and down the ridge, then after the descent it’s flat for the last bit. Just enough elevation to break a sweat, but not so strenuous that you can’t just take it in and enjoy. It was really well maintained and just a pleasure.

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Kristin Terrell
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Gretty Emmerich
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No shade, but stellar views from the topside of the hike. There is a large badger hole under a small ocotillo bush right next to the trail in the low section towards the picnic turnoff.

Lexi Reyes
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Ángela Jones
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HikingRocky

too short.

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Susan von Schlichten
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Rocky

awesome hike and for once I didn't get lost!!! nice hefty climb up the mountain peaks. clockwise is the way to go. cactus blooms are just starting. Bring lots of water!

Mindy King
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Hiking

hike, in the beautiful Saguaro National Forest. The saguaro blooms are starting to pop out. No other hikers until almost back at the parking lot. Lots of widelife including 2 deer, bunnies, squirrels, and several types of birds. There were only two negatives: 1. being the first on the trail means clearing all the spider strands that were across the trail. 2. My Alltrails' recording was having issues, again. It seems like it would only record accurately when my screen was active, not while in the background.

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Sneha V
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Hiking

Excellent trail, go in through McCain loop entrance as brown mtn picnic area is closed. Definitely clockwise is the way to go!

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Kris Rudin
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Hiking

Very nice hike, good views! Clockwise advice was good.

greg olson
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Hiking

Love this trail! Not too hard, not too easy. Great scenery and beautiful day!

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B Meade
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Great SNP trail. Loved being surrounded by every type of cactus imaginable and walking through the different colored rocks. Chose to do the loop clockwise based on other's reviews. Up first to enjoy views often hidden by the Tucson Mountains. Easter day hike with perfect weather!

Nathan Payne
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HikingGreat!No shade

> Some shade depending on time of day -- generally very little shade. > Clockwise if you want the second half to be relaxing > Counterclockwise if you want to save the elevation for later. > Short dead ends to follow for better views > Signage is good > Some points are a bit narrow and rocky, so watch your step. Clarification: Entered via trailhead via W McCain Loop > Lots of Cholla on this side > The wash you have to cross sounded like there may have been a hive nearby

Vanessa Villarreal-Ramos
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Dianne Slotten
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Hiking

We began at the McCain trailhead and did the loop clockwise, this way the most challenging is tackled at the start, instead of the end of a 3 hour hike. (We might have finished quicker had we not stopped often to take pictures.) It's a great workout, especially going UP, which is about half the steep, narrow, rocky hike. Views are spectacular. The second half is in the flats, but still interesting as the rocky trail takes you through towering old Saguaro. Not a lot of flowers, but the Ocotillo is starting to bloom. Saw 3 mountain bikers and 4 hikers.

Katherine Schmidt
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Sally Fritzsch
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Hiking

We’ve been hiking in the Tucson area for the last 3 wks and this is my favorite trail so far. Agree that going clockwise is best to do the hard part first. There are plenty of flat areas between the uphill climbs to rest and take in the wide open views. Trail is more like 4 miles.

julie_journeys on instagram
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Hiking

The picnic area is closed right now due to the corona outbreak, but a small pull out comes up right afterwards and leads directly to the trail. Loved this hike, enjoyed going clockwise to get the elevation over with first - fantastic views! Wildflowers are all in bloom. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

Taylor Hawkins
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Dominic H.
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Hiking

I stayed at Gilbert Ray campground and as the sun started setting raced up the trail for a better view. And I was truly rewarded! Highly recommend for watching the sun set. Full disclosure- I did not complete this trail, only got to the ridge for the view.

Rob Barlow
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Hiking

Nice hike. Great views of surrounding area.

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