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Brown Mountain Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
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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