Brown Mountain Loop Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 820 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,720 feet
Top Elevation: 3,080 feet
Local Contacts: Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation Department
Local Maps: USGS Brown Mountain; Saguaro National Park Trails Illustrated
Driving Directions: Directions to Brown Mountain Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/10/2009
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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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May 2018