This route begins from the Brown's Ranch trailhead in the northern section of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. There are many trails to explore from this trailhead. The terrain is a unique granitic landscape with undulating trails around a few small notable mountains. This area is a great example of nearly untouched Sonoran desert, studded with saguaro cactus and cholla forests. Keep your eyes open for desert tortoise, rattlesnakes, horned lizards, and many other native animals. You can take a guided hike or mountain bike ride through these trails by contacting Arizona Outback Adventures: http://aoa-adventures.com/.
This loop heads out on the Upper Ranch Trail for 0.6 miles. Take a left onto Cone Mountain Trail and follow it around the small mountain ahead of you (2 miles). At the junction with the Upper Ranch Trail, take a left and head north as you climb around and begin heading up Brown's Mountain. Here, follow the trail up the mountain as it switchbacks along towards the saddle and eventually the summit spur. (You can opt to continue along the Upper Ranch Trail back to Brown's Ranch Road if you've changed your mind about the climb.) The trail up Brown's Mountain is often rough and rocky and can be washed out by rain in places. Use caution. This is a challenging fun climb on the bike but the topmost spur from the saddle is not recommended.
Continue down the switchbacks on the south side of the mountain, back towards Brown's Ranch Road and eventually the trailhead.
From Old Town Scottsdale - take the Loop 101 freeway north to the Pima Road Exit. Follow Pima road for 6 miles. Make a right onto E Dynamite Blvd and continue 3 miles before turning left onto N Alma School Pkway, follow it until the end where you will reach the trailhead.
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