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      This area was formerly known as Pima/Dynamite, and was incorporated into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Some of the old trails were incorporated into Brown's Ranch while others were decommissioned or re-routed. The main trailhead is Brown's Ranch at the north end of Alma School Rd. There is plentiful parking here, water, toilets, and maps. Two more rustic trailheads, Fraesfield and Granite Mountain, are on the east side of the area off 136th St (no amenities). The area is multi-use, popular with hikers, runners, equestrians and MTBrs. The farther north you ride, the fewer people you will see.

      As for the trails, they are remarkably different than the rest of the valley. The vast majority of the trails are buff smooth, with very few on-trail obstacles. There are plenty of spiky flora just off the trail, which probably represents the biggest threat to you and your bike. There is also very little elevation change in the area. The steeper climbs tend to be very short and punchy, and the longer climbs are easy and gradual--most well below 5% grade. The trails tend to climb from south to north. All of this adds up to a great place for beginners, kids, and significant others looking to build their skills. It is also a great single-speed destination for riders looking to avoid the hike-a-bike.

      The setting is unspoiled sonoran desert, with very little development nearby. Majestic saguaros mix with huge granite boulders, with the most dramatic scenery surrounding Cholla and Granite Mountains. Due to the remoteness, come prepared with plenty of water, a bit of food, and the means to fix a flat or chain--it would be a long walk out from the north side trails.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      AKA: Pima Dynamite
      Brown's Ranch Trailhead google parking directions
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails
      112
      Total Distance
      134.6 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      51.8 miles
      Total Descent
      1.6 miles
      Highest Trailhead
      3,268 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,573 ft
      Reports
      82
      Photos
      12
      Ridden Counter
      2,552

      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      71 |
      Jul 26, 2016 @ 4:16pm
      Jul 26, 2016
      Gooseneck Trail, Fountain Hills
      94 |
      Jun 6, 2016 @ 8:28am
      Jun 6, 2016
      El Diablo South, Scottsdale
      185 |
      Jun 4, 2015 @ 8:41am
      Jun 4, 2015
      Dove Valley Trail, Scottsdale
      232 |
      Jun 4, 2015 @ 8:40am
      Jun 4, 2015
      Hawknest Trail (North)
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      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      Some Desperado Trail
      trail: Desperado
      4:46 | 27 | Sep 18, 2016
      Chuck Wagon in the Evening
      2:41 | 106 | Jun 18, 2015
      Cornering Practice Session 1 Bunny Bypass
      trail: Bypass
      0:31 | 543 | Mar 22, 2015
      Canyon O Fools
      trail: Desperado
      4:53 | 232 | Jan 18, 2014
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      Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike Routes

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      Practice route
      13.4 miles
      Brown's long Loop
      15.6 miles
      Second training loop
      12.3 miles
      Browns B Group
      11.5 miles

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      user #1004166arathorn13trailEl Diablo SouthVery fun technical stuff. Ride it south to...
      Jun 6, 2016 @ 8:40am
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      user #983271DrHogtrailGooseneck TrailOnly way to connect Brown's Ranch area with...
      Oct 22, 2015 @ 9:51pm
      Oct 22, 2015
      user #967754freeskier46trailCoyote CanyonFrom the trail page you should be able to edit...
      May 14, 2015 @ 12:00pm
      May 14, 2015
      user #1032671joetoe5trailCoyote CanyonThis is not a black diamond trail. Is there...
      May 12, 2015 @ 6:53pm
      May 12, 2015
      user #983271DrHogtrailCholla Mtn. LoopGreat stuff--twisty and fairly smooth with...
      Jan 30, 2015 @ 9:50pm
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