Brown Ranch Trail to Cone Mountain Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews
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Brown Ranch Trail to Cone Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

wild flowers

hiking
16 days ago

There are so many trails to loop together in this preserve. I did a loop from the parking lot to Hackamore to Cone Mountain to Upper Ranch To Brown's Mountain to Wrangler to Upper Ranch to parking lot. It was right at 7 miles. All the trails are very clearly marked, so it's easy to create routes to add or reduce mileage.

The trails are well maintained and most of the route is dirt with a little hard scrabble. It gets a little rocky along the Brown's Mountain Trail and the Summit Trail, but nothing too difficult.

The scenery is beautiful with a wide variety of desert vegetation and lots of birds. The first part of the trail also has a lot of boulder formations to add to the mix. And, then you get the great views as you climb Brown's Mountain. My panoramic shot doesn't do it justice.

I did run into about ten groups of hikers and five mountain bikers. And, it's definitely more congested near the parking area. However, once I was back on the trail a bit, it felt more secluded - though never completely 'out there'.

Maps are available at the trail head or you can print them from the City of Scottsdale website (http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve). They are helpful to get a good overview of all the trail options. Like I said, everything is well marked so don't worry about getting too creative. You'll find the right route.

trail running
1 month ago

My new fave. Lots of variety - steep hills, if you want them, to long open spaces of rolling terrain. Huge park that links to Pima/Dynamite TH and Granite Mountain TH. Don’t be put off by a nearly full parking lot on the weekend - the park is so big that it feels like your the only person there once you get out about a mile.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great mountain biking trails - easy to moderate. A bit crowded with hikers near the parking area for a mile or so, so be careful / courteous. Connect several trails and loops for a 15-20 mile ride. Mostly smooth packed dirt with some rocks. Somewhat more technical as you go north. Fun ride!

3 months ago

Lots of trails to chose from. Great hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice alternative hike to Gateway or Tom's Thumb. Could be a new routine hike

3 months ago

Great hike! Nice trails with great views of the valley.

4 months ago

For an easy hike, it’s a beautiful one. Though driving through many neighborhoods to get to the trailhead, you feel like you’re much further out of town once you’re there. This trail is very well maintained. A lovely walk.

4 months ago

Love this hike!!

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Cone Mountain at sunrise is breathtaking. You really feel like you’ve driven much further out of town than you have with the solitude this area projects.

hiking
4 months ago

There is an entire trail system that leads through breathtaking scenery. We took that path that lead over the peak and down on the the side. Although the AllTrails map looks like the trail ends before it connects, no worries it connects. We went towards the evening and enjoyed the gorgeous colors when the sun started setting.

hiking
6 months ago

This beautiful hike is great for all hikers, beginners, and advanced. The main hike is flat and easy, but the preserve also has difficult hikes for the more adventurous. It also has tons of wildlife that you don't see as much in the main Phoenix area, such as Cactus wrens, vultures, snakes, tortoises, javelina, deer, and tarantulas.10/10 would hike again

hiking
8 months ago

An easy to moderate hike. Very enjoyable loop and perfect evening temperature.

mountain biking
9 months ago

A fun trail that winds and undulates around Cone Mt that you can link with Brown's Mt in a figure 8 pattern. It's not a moderate bike trail, it's easy, with lots of small ascents and descents. A pretty trail typifying the beauty of the area.

mountain biking
9 months ago

The loop they have on here is pretty crappy. For some real fun climb browns mountain from the north and descent from the south.

walking
10 months ago

Did this one yesterday. Well maintained trailhead, plenty of parking. We went in the afternoon...had a nice breeze the entire time, which helped with the heat. Saw a few walkers, and a few mtn bikers, but most people were off on other trails. Also got to see a very active honeybee hive in the base of a large rock around the south side, and witnessed a moving bee swarm when we got back to the trail head (a rare thing to see). Great day.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Nice variety of terrain part of a much bigger trail system of all challenges. Not as crowded as the rest of the mcdowell system of trails

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

wonderful! very scenic also!

mountain biking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

walking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Beautiful easy walk/hike. Easily one of my favorites to do in this area. Slight rolling hills and zig zags between large saguaros. Just love it!

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