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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, with water, toilets, and maps. Two more trailheads, Fraesfield off Rio Verde and Granite Mountain off 136th St, are on the east side of the area. There is another trailhead at the NE corner of Pima/Dynamite Rds (can be accessed from either road), which also has water, bathrooms, and maps (upgraded at the end of 2021). 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. Some technical areas exist and are clearly marked with black diamond signage, and offer rock rolls/drops of various size and difficulty, and technical climbs. 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; Brown's Mountain trail is the one sustained steep climb in the area, ridable either direction. The trails tend to climb when heading toward one of the mountains in the area, and are a fun cruise when heading away. 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, or for gravel bikes. Note: E-bikes are not allowed on the trails.

      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
      Parking - Bartlett Dam Rd google parking directions
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Jun 4, 2022
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      Trails (view details)
      15
      Trails Mountain Bike
      15
      Trails Horse
      10
      Trails Hike
      15
      Trails Trail Running
      15
      Total Distance
      12 miles
      Total Descent
      796 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,204 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,179 ft
      Reports
      26
      Photos
      17
      Ridden Counter
      113,730

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      Photos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

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      Aug 8, 2020 @ 11:08pm
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      trail: High Desert
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      May 17, 2018

      Videos of Brown's Ranch Mountain Bike

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      12:15 | 68 | Sep 29, 2022
      Feature Packed K-Rock!!!
      3:24 | 218 | Mar 8, 2019 , Scottsdale
      Desert Acclimation at Brown's Ranch |...

      6:29 | 176 | Oct 22, 2018
      E1.4 Sunday Rides - McDowell Sonoran Preserve...

      6:52 | 187 | Feb 26, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #2890205porkcrackerswishlistrouteBeginner Brown's Ranch Loop
      Jan 27, 2023 @ 10:11pm
      1 day
      user #1680810lrupewishlistrouteBest of Brown's Ranch Loop
      Jan 27, 2023 @ 7:54pm
      1 day
      user #1666264cbdubbwishlistrouteBeginner Brown's Ranch Loop
      Jan 27, 2023 @ 11:49am
      2 days
      user #1310121FbouvetwishlistrouteBrown's Ranch Tech Loop from BR TH 21 miles and 1 more
      Jan 27, 2023 @ 9:01am
      2 days
      user #1581323KlesickmwishlistrouteBest of Brown's Ranch Loop
      Jan 27, 2023 @ 4:40am
      2 days

      Recent Comments

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      user #1271967nespencertrailToms Thumb DriveThe name of the road is Thoms Thumb not Toms Thumb
      Feb 8, 2022 @ 9:36am
      Feb 8, 2022
      user #1490966DcrightontrailK-Rock LoopNice loop from the Pima Trailhead. Pretty easy...
      Sep 9, 2018 @ 7:49pm
      Sep 9, 2018
      user #1257759Scooter1969trailEl Diablo NorthToughest part of Brown's Ranch
      Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:35pm
      Dec 19, 2016

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Pinacle Peak Park4.8 km
      McDowell Mountain Regional Park 23 15 25.6 km
      McDowell Sonoran Preserve 79 78 36 46.8 km
      7 Springs Recreation Area 2 512.9 km
      Cave Creek Regional Park 5 7 113.3 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1512 miles797 ft4 miles1,204 ft
      #5,041#2,22917266240,494
      Horse1011 miles738 ft4 miles594 ft
      #287#208177
      Hike1512 miles797 ft4 miles1,204 ft
      #4,222#2,077263713
      Trail Running1512 miles797 ft4 miles1,204 ft
      #4,237#2,084262237
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