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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
      Global Ranking
      #18
      State Ranking
      #1
      Trails
      134
      Total Distance
      178 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      68 miles
      Total Descent
      11,760 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      4,088 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,801 ft
      Reports
      458
      Photos
      296
      Ridden Counter
      13,996

      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      trail: High Desert
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      May 19, 2018 @ 1:27pm
      May 19, 2018
      High Desert, My City
      trail: High Desert
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      May 19, 2018 @ 1:27pm
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      High Desert, My City
      27 |
      Jan 23, 2018 @ 5:28am
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      Granite Mtn. Loop, Scottsdale
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      Jul 6, 2017 @ 8:02pm
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      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

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      Chuck Wagon in the Evening
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      Cornering Practice Session 1 Bunny Bypass
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      Mescal Trail
      trail: Chuckwagon
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      Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike Routes

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      Introduction to Brown's
      14 miles
      mtbr blog browns ranch ride from 4/3/18
      23 miles
      Brown's Ranch Singlespeed Loop
      25 miles
      Practice route
      13 miles

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