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Brown Mountain Trail



4.4 mile 7.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 579' 177 m
Descent: -576' -176 m
High: 3,071' 936 m
Low: 2,650' 808 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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Trail shared by Chad Dailey

A short looping tour of Brown Mountain with a technical descent.

Chad Dailey

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This trail is part of the Tucson Mountain Park trail system. It is a fun combination of desert floor hiking on the east side and rocky technical climbing and descending on the ridge. There are some great views from on top of the ridge.

Starting at the trailhead, you climb up and get a view of the Gilbert Ray Campground Trail. From here, you'll encounter some ups and downs and a few more peaks with different views of the surrounding area including Saguaro National Park to the north.

When you finally get to the end of the ridge, you'll see Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. From here, you'll start heading down and come to a few intersections leading to the trailhead and picnic area just before the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

The routes are not marked well, but the trail seems to be heavily used. Find the trail that heads back toward your original starting point and follow that on the relatively flat route that parallels Kinney Road back to the trailhead.

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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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