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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 adopted 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 trailheads, Fraesfield and Granite Mountain, are on the east side of the area off 136th St (no water). There is another trailhead at the NE corner of Pima/Dynamite Rds. (No water) 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 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
      Land Status: City Managed
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Caution as of May 9, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      146
      Trails Mountain Bike
      147
      Trails Hike
      148
      Trails Trail Running
      148
      Trails Horse
      133
      Total Distance
      166 miles
      Total Descent
      9,663 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,294 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,268 ft
      Reports
      2,231
      Photos
      666
      Ridden Counter
      84,040

      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      152 |
      Mar 9, 2019 @ 6:36pm
      Mar 9, 2019
      94 |
      Jul 18, 2018 @ 6:39am
      Jul 18, 2018
      51 |
      Apr 9, 2017 @ 3:40pm
      Apr 9, 2017
      39 |
      Apr 9, 2017 @ 3:38pm
      Apr 9, 2017
      77 |
      Mar 25, 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Mar 25, 2017
      57 |
      Mar 25, 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Mar 25, 2017
      63 |
      Mar 13, 2017 @ 11:44am
      Mar 13, 2017
      314 |
      Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:41pm
      Apr 26, 2015

      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

      STILL not happy
      0:09 | 111 | Apr 19, 2020
      This guy is not happy!!!
      0:14 | 175 | Apr 19, 2020
      0:14 | 296 | Sep 22, 2019
      0:09 | 39 | Apr 8, 2019
      0:09 | 21 | Apr 8, 2019
      Divide Trail. Northbound. Scottsdale.
      trail: The Divide
      4:57 | 31 | Mar 6, 2019
      Coyote Canyon. Scottsdale.
      5:49 | 66 | Mar 6, 2019
      Branding Iron Trail. Scottsdale.
      3:51 | 21 | Mar 6, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2578107cfawsonriddentrailHawknest Trail
      May 11, 2021 @ 8:17pm
      1 day
      user #2578107cfawsonwishlisttrailHawknest Trail
      May 10, 2021 @ 1:23pm
      2 days
      user #1739786mcgroobyaddreportGranite Mtn. Loop and 1 more
      May 9, 2021 @ 8:37pm
      May 9, 2021
      user #2131726AusnitriddentrailCorral Trail and 2 more
      May 9, 2021 @ 3:34pm
      May 9, 2021
      user #2462763sanosan34wishlisttrailEl Diablo South
      May 6, 2021 @ 9:52am
      May 6, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1427981RunningFishtrailEl Diablo NorthThe trail is located in the north eastern part...
      May 5, 2021 @ 9:16pm
      May 5, 2021
      user #1499990GesosetrailHawknest TrailFast, flowy, not technical. Fun.
      Apr 24, 2021 @ 9:44am
      Apr 24, 2021
      user #1958649LongStebetrailGooseneck TrailRode this trail today both ways, down to...
      Apr 14, 2021 @ 8:36pm
      Apr 14, 2021
      user #2634125thebyustrailHawknest TrailIf your grandparents ever told you about...
      Apr 6, 2021 @ 10:45am
      Apr 6, 2021
      user #2634125thebyustrailAxle GreaseNote, there is a NEW connector to both Axle...
      Apr 6, 2021 @ 10:38am
      Apr 6, 2021

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Cave Creek Regional Park 5 7 19.3 km
      McDowell Mountain Regional Park 26 18 29.6 km
      McDowell Mountain 9 22 12 29.9 km
      7 Springs Recreation Area 2 510.5 km
      Phoenix Sonoran Preserve 18 15 2 113.6 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike146163 miles9,373 ft61 miles1,293 ft
      #16#56632,2325728,419
      Hike148166 miles9,662 ft64 miles1,293 ft
      #9#42,2242469
      Trail Running148166 miles9,662 ft64 miles1,293 ft
      #9#42,2242142
      Horse133155 miles9,213 ft61 miles981 ft
      #1#19636
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