“Pemberton's Yankee Cousin - She ain't fancy but she rolls easy.”
— Tom Dobson
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This hike starts and finishes at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead. The super soft crisscrossing sets of trails make this an awesome route. This is the new section north of the McDowells. It's also popular with Mountain Bikers, so leave the ear buds at home (they sleep in...start early).
Starting out from the trailhead, take Brown's Ranch Road
to the north about a mile then hang a right on Vaquero Trail
is soft rolling singletrack for about a mile where it ties into the powerline road. Hang a left on the power line road and hike about 300 feet to Chuckwagon Trail
Turn left on Chuckwagon Trail
and cruise up a slight incline over wide singletrack for about a mile. Hang a left at the sign on Cholla Mountain Loop Trail
. Hike the loop clockwise all the way around (about 3 miles) then turn south (left) on Watershed Trail
After about 1/2 mile turn right on Maverick Trail
for a quick 1.4 back to the fire road and the way home.
This is a super easy set of trails. Maps are available at the trailhead as are water and bathrooms. All roads lead back to the trailhead, so if you make a wrong turn, just keep going. The longest section before and intersection is about a mile.