Brown Mountain

Tucson, Arizona

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation Department, 3500 W. River Rd., Tucson 86741; (520) 724-5000; www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/tucs_mtpk/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Brown Mountain; National Geographic: Saguaro National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Brown Mountain

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May 2018