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Brown Mountain

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Traverse Brown Mountain on an out-and-back hike in the Tucson Mountains.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

Out and Back

3,073' 937 m

High

2,649' 807 m

Low

909' 277 m

Up

909' 277 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

I did this trail as an out-and-back, but if you have a friend and two cars it's a nice through hike as well.

Need to Know

While this out-and-back hike is pretty popular, if you are looking for another option or would like to try a different route, consider hiking a loop using the full Brown Mountain Trail.

Description

This is a straightforward trail that ascends Brown Mountain. This trail is especially great as a sunset hike. The trail is rocky, and there is plenty of Jumping Cholla along the trail so be sure to wear good shoes. Along the trail are many variety of cactus such as barrel cactus and saguaro cactus. This area borders Saguaro National Park. The trail is about 2.5 miles one way with commanding views of the Tucson Mountains.

Flora & Fauna

Jumping cholla, barrel cactus, and saguaro cactus.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Maurizi

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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Brown Mountain Loop - five very happy hikers!
Jan 12, 2019 near Tucson…, AZ
Cacti protrude into the view in front of the Tucson Mountains from the Brown Mountain Trail.
Jun 6, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ
View from one of the peaks on the Brown Mountain Trail
Dec 14, 2019 near Tucson…, AZ
The Brown Mountain Trail offers up plenty of views of the Tucson Mountains and surroundings.
Jun 6, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ
The Tucson Mountains from the Brown Mountain Trail.
Jun 6, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ

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Mar 24, 2019
Caitlin Smith
4.9mi
Jan 11, 2019
Lisa M
The Sonoran Desert at it's finest!!! Magnificient. 5mi
Jan 11, 2019
Charles Geisthardt
Did some short trails before doing the Brown Mountain 5mi — 3h 10m
Sep 21, 2018
Jess Hatscarf
7mi
Jan 30, 2018
Joe Thibodeaux
3h 20m
Dec 10, 2017
Sarah Baxter