Brown's Ranch Perimeter Loop Trail

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Brown's Ranch Perimeter Loop Trail is a 14 mile loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 14.0 miles Elevation Gain: 744 feet Route Type: Loop

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no shade

mountain biking
13 days ago

As a beginner mountain biker have been on parts of this trial and several other trials at Brown's Ranch. Weekends are busier than evening rides. Nice 12 mile ride from Hawknest to the Divide Trail and down to Chuckwagon for a nice fun loop. I have been hiking Brown's Ranch for years, nice to get on a bike and explore more of the trails. Over the years I've seen rattlesnakes, gila monsters (rare but cool when you see one) and horny toads along the trials. Due to the heat, recommend early morning or late afternoon rides.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Bueatiful desert scenery! Got side tracked and went off of the perimeter loop. However there are miles of great trails within Brown’s ranch. We saw 2 rattlesnakes!

mountain biking
4 months ago

definitely worth the trip if you're not from around here saw the most amazing cactus scattered all over the place. terrain was just right for folks like us from Long island. Was a bit technical at times so If you're unfamiliar with handling a mountain bike beware. Definitely navigable but lots of turns and intersections we probably wouldn't have been able to stay on the route without using All Trails. much cooler time of year so water wasn't an issue but if you're going to do it on the warmer temps I definitely recommend a full bladder and maybe a little extra. by the way the cactus plants themselves are pretty darn tough they go right into the tire no problem didn't give a flat which was amazing I think maybe because we had self-healing tires not sure. if you need a place to rent from try REI bike rental in Scottsdale.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Nice trail for beginners!!!!

hiking
Tue Apr 23 2019

Perfect ride. Period.

mountain biking
Mon Apr 22 2019

This is a fantastic area for mountain biking. It is not too technical with many miles of fun rolling elevation and hard pack sand. A few rocky sections but all in all not technical. What’s fun is the single track surrounded by taller grasses as it makes big S turns. Great fun. No shade, well groomed, reasonably well marked, fantastic gem of a place. The saguaro, rocks, lizards, and unique landmarks are grand. You’ll get a good conditioning ride as well if you push it, though no huge climbs on this route. Have fun

Sun Dec 30 2018

Excellent ride. Not too technical. Couple hairpin turns. Great scenic ride.

Sat Apr 21 2018

Wonderful doing this perimeter loop. Nice weather, well maintained trail, very marked the areas, love it

mountain biking
Thu Apr 19 2018

Very pleased with this area! Trails were extremely well kept, and nothing technical on Browns Loop. Not many people when you get away from the trailhead. Only ran across 2 hikers and 2 bikers the entire day. I'll be sure to come back and explore more of this area.

Fri Jan 26 2018

Loved cathedral rock!!

mountain biking
Thu Jan 18 2018

Great easy mountain bike loop. Nothing technical. Mostly fast single track and rollers. Some loose sand but mostly hardback with mild rocks and roots.

mountain biking
Fri Nov 03 2017

II bike this quite often, but I extend it even further. I turn off of Granite Mtn loop to Coyote Canyon, to Desperado, to High Desert, to Divide, then Cholla Mountain Loop, to Maverick, to Browns Ranch Trailhead. I never get sick of it. Lightly traveled during the week.

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