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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
      110
      Total Distance
      130.1 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      49.9 miles
      Total Descent
      1.6 miles
      Highest Trailhead
      3,268 ft
      Total Vertical
      981 ft
      Reports
      152
      Photos
      33
      Ridden Counter
      3,377

      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      22 |
      Feb 4, 2017 @ 8:09pm
      Feb 4, 2017
      Cholla Mtn. Loop, Scottsdale
      16 |
      Feb 4, 2017 @ 8:09pm
      Feb 4, 2017
      Cholla Mtn. Loop, Scottsdale
      trail: Desperado
      33 |
      Jan 22, 2017 @ 3:28pm
      Jan 22, 2017
      | 1 comments Desperado, Scottsdale
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      10 |
      Jan 8, 2017 @ 4:37pm
      Jan 8, 2017
      Brown's Ranch Rd., My City
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      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      Some Desperado Trail
      trail: Desperado
      4:46 | 42 | Sep 18, 2016
      Chuck Wagon in the Evening
      2:41 | 119 | Jun 18, 2015
      Cornering Practice Session 1 Bunny Bypass
      trail: Bypass
      0:31 | 548 | Mar 22, 2015
      Canyon O Fools
      trail: Desperado
      4:53 | 251 | 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 #1257759Scooter1969trailWhiskey Bottle TrailEast to west is great climb
      Dec 19, 2016 @ 11:01pm
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      user #1257759Scooter1969trailTurpentine TrailWest to east is most fun!!!
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      user #1257759Scooter1969trailSoapberry Wash TrailWest side is very sandy!!
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      user #1257759Scooter1969trailHigh Desert TrailGreat ride!!!!
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      user #1257759Scooter1969trailEl Diablo Southaccurate description
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