Brown Mountain Trail

Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona

Distance4.4mi
Elevation Gain1,817ft
Trailhead Elevation2,648ft
Top3,105ft
Elevation Min/Max2644/3105ft
Elevation Start/End2648/2648ft

Brown Mountain Trail

Brown Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Tucson Mountain Park. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 2,648 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,817 feet. The M9 parking and the Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Area (elevation 2,766 feet) picnic site are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Brown Mountain (elevation 3,064 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Well Road Trail and Ringtail Trail.

Brown Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"An easy hike in Tucson Mountain Park along the top of a desert ridge with 50-mile views. Special Considerations: During the hot summer months, plan to hike early in the day and carry plenty of water.

Head south toward the east end of Brown Mountain, staying right at two unsigned trail junctions. After the second junction, the trail turns sharply northwest and starts to climb the east slopes of Brown Mountain. As you climb, the views expand. Visible to the southeast, at the foot of the mountain, is the Brown Mountain Picnic Area, and beyond it, Gilbert Ray Campground. Once on the ridge crest, the trail more or less follows the crest northwest. There is a great variety of saguaros along the trail, including a number of young saguaros only about 5 or 6 feet tall."

"Administered by Pima County, Tucson Mountain Park serves as a 20,000-acre extension of Saguaro National Park West, or perhaps it is the other way around since the county park was
established in 1928, ?ve years prior to Saguaro National Park’s designation as a national monument.

Among the many miles of hiking trails that lace the county park, a particularly nice loop route climbs up and over its namesake, Brown Mountain. In addition to providing plenty of ?ne desert scenery, this trail also accesses some nice desert plant life."

"Brown Mountain is an easy hike, located in Tucson Mountain Park, along the top of a desert ridge with 50-mile views. Although the mountain is small, it is a classic sample of the delightful mix of vegetation that makes the Sonoran Desert the lushest of the four North American deserts.

Head south toward the east end of Brown Mountain, staying right at two unsigned trail junctions. After the second junction, the trail turns sharply northwest and starts to climb the east slopes of Brown Mountain. As you climb, the views expand. Visible to the southeast, at the foot of the mountain, is the Brown Mountain Picnic Area and, beyond it, Gilbert Ray Campground. Once on the ridge crest, the trail more or less follows the crest northwest. There is a great variety of saguaros along the trail, including a number of young saguaros only about 5 or 6 feet tall."

"This easy loop along the crest of Brown Mountain in Tucson Mountain Park uses the Brown Mountain Trail and the Cougar Trail. Views of both the Tucson Mountains and the sweeping Sonoran Desert to the southwest are spectacular. As a bonus, plan to spend some time at the nearby Arizona Sonora Desert Museum which displays plants and animals of this lush desert region.

From the trailhead, walk south on the trail toward the Brown Mountain Picnic Area for 0.3 mile, then turn right on the Brown Mountain Trail. The trail climbs the southeast ridge of Brown Mountain, soon reaching the crest. As it follows the ridge northwest, you’re treated to a series of views of the Tucson Mountains and Avra Valley."

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10/10/2009
Not my favorite hike. I had difficuty finding the trailhead/trail even though I had a map and compass. On Brown Mountain a lot of civilization was apparent (road, Desert Museum, Old Tucson, etc.). Keep in mind that you are not "getting away from it all" on this hike.
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