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Beautiful hike out to the river. Brig plenty of water

hiking
3 days ago

Non marked trail accessed from Desert Classic Trail. Good climb to the top. West is Mid Life Crisis Trail, East is Scott's Ridge Trail. Can be made into a loop going east or west from the top. Go west to link into either Old Man Trail or National Trail. Go east to link into Chihuahua Trail or continue to Marcos De Niza Trail. None of these trails are marked with signs but are easy to follow if you have trail experience. Great hike at night under a Full Moon. Traffic is light until you link to Marcos de Niza Trail.

4 days ago

It was an okay hike

why does it say buffalo park if it isn't out of buffalo park?

It's a good workout

hiking
4 days ago

Okay. The Cougar trail starts at pullout K15, across Kinney road from the parking area. It ends at pullout K23, same side as the parking area. The actual distance is closer to six miles in and out. The whole trail basically follows a utility easement and is usually a well defined unpaved service road. at about 1.85 miles, there is a large wash, and the trail spikes away from the power lines. It is easy to miss the continuation over the wash and continue onto the Ringtail Trail where you may find yourself back on Kinney Road at pullout K19, so keep an eye out for the trail - remember it follows the power lines.

After this wash, there are some good climbs, with the last revealing a view of the Tucson Desert Museum, and the highest spot on the trail. From here, you're basically at the end, and can go downhill a few hundred feet to pullout K23 as described above. The hike back is a bit weary, especially after the sun comes up! But mostly downhill with a few shady spots to rest (good for the doggy!)

The Tucson Mountains are your backdrop most of the time, with some good sweeping views of the valley. Also some dense underbrush in the washes and behind the Archery Range (The trail runs the backside of that). There are too some nice groves of saguaro, but overall I'm giving this trail 3 stars. It has poor and nonexistent markings, a number of unmarked side trails, and it is an easement. The power lines are almost always in the view.

Good hike to warm up for something bigger.

hiking
5 days ago

The Trailhead is not Brown Mountain Trail. It is at the Western terminus of Gates Pass Road, just North. The diagram on Alltrails shows a loop consisting of part of the Cougar trail (N) and the low portion of the Brown Mountain trail. There is a trail marker on Brown Mountain trail just after you clear the wash that directs you to the Cougar trail, but you intersect it about 1/2 way. Maybe that's where the confusion lies. It got dark on me while I was figuring this out...So tomorrow's another day.

There and back on the Cougar trail looks more like 5.6 miles. I'll be doing the whole stretch tomorrow for a complete review.

Stunning

off road driving
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

North inlet is the most scenic part IMO.

hiking
6 days ago

White Pocket is absolutely stunning. Four wheel drive is required deep sand.

Positives- dog friendly, wide trails, not too intense, free
Negatives- no restrooms, trails aren't really marked