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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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      Open on Jan 5, 2019
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #21
      State Ranking
      #1
      Trails (view details)
      138
      Trails Mountain Bike
      138
      Trails Hike
      135
      Trails Trail Running
      135
      Total Distance
      157 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      60 miles
      Total Descent
      9,670 ft
      Total Vertical
      983 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,270 ft
      Reports
      612
      Photos
      316
      Ridden Counter
      21,652

      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      trail: Dara A Sarah
      7 |
      Jan 6, 2019 @ 5:42pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      Dara A Sarah, Scottsdale
      trail: Dara A Sarah
      6 |
      Jan 6, 2019 @ 5:42pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      Dara A Sarah, Scottsdale
      65 |
      Jan 23, 2018 @ 5:28am
      Jan 23, 2018
      Granite Mtn. Loop, Scottsdale
      54 |
      Jul 6, 2017 @ 8:02pm
      Jul 6, 2017
      Granite Mtn. Loop, Austin
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      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      No Pooping!
      4:34 | 41 | Jan 3, 2019
      Some Desperado Trail
      trail: Desperado
      4:46 | 118 | Sep 18, 2016
      Cornering Practice Session 1 Bunny Bypass
      trail: Bypass
      0:31 | 572 | Mar 22, 2015
      Mescal Trail
      trail: Chuckwagon
      1:07 | 69 | Feb 19, 2015
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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
      Divide Latigo
      18 miles

      Recent Comments

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      user #1257759Scooter1969trailHawknest TrailGREAT RIDE North To South (downhill) with lots...
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 7:53am
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      user #1286397EstrellaNicktrailBack of ConeThe trail was plowed and covered.
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      user #1680182STGDSS92trailCholla Mtn. LoopGreat trail, some tight switchbacks with no...
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      user #1680182STGDSS92trailWhiskey Bottle TrailSome rock gardens on the eastern portion of...
      Dec 12, 2018 @ 10:48am
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      user #1490966DcrightontrailCholla Mtn. LoopGood fun as a downhill (North to South). Easy...
      Sep 11, 2018 @ 9:32pm
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