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Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 160 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

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Reviews (310)
Photos (307)
Recordings (330)
Completed (648)
Francis Chaten
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Hiking

Pretty walk, lots of bikers. No bugs!!

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Pierre Odria
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Mountain bikingNo shadeRocky

Very easy ride the first half of the trail. But once you reach the halfway point is rocky, sandy and with some very sharp turns and inclines. Not ideal for beginner riders.

Noelle Doyle
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Hiking

Good trail, easier than expected. More plant coverage which was nice from the sun! Recommend!

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Ken Kochiss
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HikingRocky

A goto for the area. Great views. Peaceful at the top. Great place to meditate. Watch for bees at the top

Scott Weaver
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Hiking

This is a excellent hike. Actual trail is great with nice elevation gain. The big plus is that the hike is very scenic. We saw a Chuckwaller for the first time. This trail is busy get there early.

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Denise Romano
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Mountain biking

Very gravely and sandy; lots of inclines when getting on from Powerhouse Rd.

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Sarah M.
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Hiking

Easy loop trail.

Laurie Sandman
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike Hardly any hikers Some cyclists Not rocky just gradual rolling terrain and beautiful fields of wild flowers Recorded it at 4.2 but missed part of trail so original route was a bit longer

Amanda P
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This hike has beautiful views, but I would definitely consider this trail easy.

Lauren Klock Green
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HikingNo shade

Great easy hike!

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Jennifer Cook
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HikingNo shade

Nice hike with great views.

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Ben Scott
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HikingScramble
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susan clark
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HikingNo shade

We hiked short 2.7 mile route south of Cone Mt. A few up and down along Rustlers Trail but easy enough for the youngsters and oldsters.

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Nicholas Baumler
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HikingNo shade
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Mary Kuldanek
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Mountain biking

Fun. Easy except end of the Latino trail.

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Steven Whaley
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Hiking

The view south atop Brown's Summit is an easy perk to the trail. Saw one rabbit today.

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Jean Ann Wheeler
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Hiking

Definitely hike to top of Brown's Ranch Summit... moderate, not at all difficult. Views are stunning!

Barbara Shumer
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HikingNo shade

Really enjoyed this 5 mile hike. We used our downloaded map which was good as we left the trail by accident a couple of times. A little uphill and a little downhill but not difficult at all. No shade though. Great temperature today, in the mid 60s. Saw very few people on the trail today.

Alan Hansbury
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Hiking

Awesome trail, FYI skip the loop and head to the top of browns mountain, you can get back on the loop afterwards.

Jeanette Hildreth
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Starts out no elevation then goes up to peak which was intermediate in difficulty. Then a rocky decent to the lower trail again.

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Jade Hancer
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Hiking

The trail is well marked. Little shade. Quiet.

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Myja Lark
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Hiking

Fun trail but lots of bikes

Joe Mitton
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Hiking

Crowded but fun. Lots of bikes. Some flowers still present. Easy-moderate.

Henri Leveque
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Hiking

First timer on this trail. 4 Mile loop. Easy hike and excellent condition. Trailhead staff were very helpful selecting route for hike objectives.

Michael Fischer
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Mountain biking

Jessica’s first bike ride. Full sun.

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Mark Christiansen
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mostly flat hike, good area to hike with dogs.

Bob Stine
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Hiking

Great trail conditions. Very enjoyable easy hike before boarding an afternoon plane for the chilly, flat Midwest! Next time we do the Summit...looks awesome!

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