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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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      Region Status
      Caution as of May 22, 2020
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      141
      Trails Mountain Bike
      140
      Trails Hike
      141
      Trails Trail Running
      141
      Trails Horse
      133
      Total Distance
      165 miles
      Total Descent
      9,819 ft
      Total Vertical
      981 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,268 ft
      Reports
      1,569
      Photos
      530
      Ridden Counter
      54,272

      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      21 |
      Mar 9, 2019 @ 6:36pm
      Mar 9, 2019
      23 |
      Jul 18, 2018 @ 6:39am
      Jul 18, 2018
      49 |
      Mar 25, 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Mar 25, 2017
      37 |
      Mar 25, 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Mar 25, 2017

      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      STILL not happy
      0:09 | 25 | Apr 19, 2020
      This guy is not happy!!!
      0:14 | 39 | Apr 19, 2020
      0:14 | 175 | Sep 22, 2019
      0:09 | 14 | Apr 8, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

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      May 23, 2020 @ 8:26pm
      May 23, 2020

      Recent Comments

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      user #2065788Terryroach6reportHigh Desert TrailNice easy rude
      May 2, 2020 @ 8:06am
      May 2, 2020
      user #2009648ThatGuy-MTBtrailMaverick TrailI agree with dcrighton. The first half is an...
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 6:13pm
      Apr 3, 2020
      user #2009648ThatGuy-MTBtrailBalanced Rock TrailYou can make this trail as hard or as easy as...
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 6:11pm
      Apr 3, 2020
      user #2009648ThatGuy-MTBtrailGranite Mtn. LoopEasy trail that connects granite mountain loop...
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 6:10pm
      Apr 3, 2020
      user #2009648ThatGuy-MTBtrailGranite Mtn. LoopRiding North to South there is a somewhat...
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 6:09pm
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      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Cave Creek Regional Park9.3 km
      McDowell Mountain Park 28 18 29.6 km
      McDowell Mountain 9 22 12 39.9 km
      7 Springs Recreation Area 1 2 510.5 km
      Phoenix Sonoran Preserve 18 15 2 113.6 km

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