10.2 miles
Distance
461 ft
Climb
-514 ft
Descent
2,746 ft
High Point

Great beginner's loop in Brown's Ranch. Cloudburst and Hawesnest are fun descents

Detailed Description
Beginner Brown's Ranch Loop is a 10 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 14 trails. This route climbs 461 ft with a max elevation of 2,746 ft then descends -514 ft.
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26 Reviews & Comments

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quadonabike (Mar 27, 2022 at 22:13)
Trail Latigo Trail
As an adaptive mountain biker Latigo trail is a basic aMTB1 level, meaning no major obstacles or squeeze points and no support rider needed. This is a smooth flowy trail and can be done easily with an adaptive E-assist. If attempting to do this without an E-assist you would need a support rider to be able to make it through the uphill sections
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quadonabike (Mar 27, 2022 at 22:13)
Trail Latigo Trail
As an adaptive mountain biker Latigo trail is a basic aMTB1 level, meaning no major obstacles or squeeze points and no support rider needed. This is a smooth flowy trail and can be done easily with an adaptive E-assist. If attempting to do this without an E-assist you would need a support rider to be able to make it through the uphill sections
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quadonabike (Mar 27, 2022 at 22:13)
Trail Latigo Trail
As an adaptive mountain biker Latigo trail is a basic aMTB1 level, meaning no major obstacles or squeeze points and no support rider needed. This is a smooth flowy trail and can be done easily with an adaptive E-assist. If attempting to do this without an E-assist you would need a support rider to be able to make it through the uphill sections
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Ampfrog (Jan 3, 2022 at 22:47)
Definitely full of bike park berms, but short and not nearly as fun as Hawks or High Desert in the downhill directions. Also, no indication this should be ridden downhill on trail, caution for those riding up.
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Ceasarmm (Dec 10, 2021 at 18:21)
Hawknest trail, either direction is fun and flowy. South to north is not strenuous at all as some others described. North to south, yes more fun and flowy but either way, we had so much fun in both direction…check it out, not technical but it is a great trail for all levels!
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Ceasarmm (Dec 10, 2021 at 18:21)
Hawknest trail, either direction is fun and flowy. South to north is not strenuous at all as some others described. North to south, yes more fun and flowy but either way, we had so much fun in both direction…check it out, not technical but it is a great trail for all levels!
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Ampfrog (Dec 2, 2021 at 0:05)
Trail Latigo Trail
Green like the rest of Latigo east of Alma School, no major features. May feel harder if headed NE/uphill, but it's smooth.
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Ampfrog (Dec 2, 2021 at 0:05)
Trail Latigo Trail
Green like the rest of Latigo east of Alma School, no major features. May feel harder if headed NE/uphill, but it's smooth.
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Ampfrog (Dec 2, 2021 at 0:05)
Trail Latigo Trail
Green like the rest of Latigo east of Alma School, no major features. May feel harder if headed NE/uphill, but it's smooth.
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Ampfrog (Dec 2, 2021 at 0:01)
Trail Alma School
Hidden gem heading north from Latigo, fun chute right next to the parking lot.
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Ampfrog (Dec 2, 2021 at 0:01)
Trail Alma School
Hidden gem heading north from Latigo, fun chute right next to the parking lot.
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Gesose (Apr 24, 2021 at 9:44)
Fast, flowy, not technical. Fun.
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Gesose (Apr 24, 2021 at 9:44)
Fast, flowy, not technical. Fun.
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thebyus (Apr 6, 2021 at 10:45)
If your grandparents ever told you about having to walk to school, uphill in both directions, it's because they took Hawkes Next to get there. Rode it from the North, expecting a nice descent, like West Express, and did not get it. It is nice and flowy, but you go up almost as much as you go down.
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thebyus (Apr 6, 2021 at 10:45)
If your grandparents ever told you about having to walk to school, uphill in both directions, it's because they took Hawkes Next to get there. Rode it from the North, expecting a nice descent, like West Express, and did not get it. It is nice and flowy, but you go up almost as much as you go down.
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Klabella (Nov 29, 2020 at 9:30)
Thank you to whoever made this begin our Lou. It was super helpful and fun. Thanks!
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twowheeledwanderer (Feb 5, 2020 at 18:27)
I love a good xc pedal and this is one of the best in Phoenix. It has great flow and awesome views twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-phoenix-arizona
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twowheeledwanderer (Feb 5, 2020 at 18:27)
I love a good xc pedal and this is one of the best in Phoenix. It has great flow and awesome views twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-phoenix-arizona
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DrHog (Jan 22, 2020 at 17:04)
Well built trail that has a nice flow and keeps you turning. North to south is my favorite (downhill).
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DrHog (Jan 22, 2020 at 17:04)
Well built trail that has a nice flow and keeps you turning. North to south is my favorite (downhill).
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mikeberry41 (Dec 22, 2019 at 12:31)
Best ridden from the South to Northwest. Probably the fastest/most fun downhill run in the preserve. Super clean and the berms are built up super high to really carve into turns
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Clutch-Cargo (Oct 6, 2019 at 18:50)
This trail has been formally named "Cloudburst"
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:52)
5/5 stars of sweet twisty flow!
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:52)
5/5 stars of sweet twisty flow!
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:50)
5/5 stars sweet, sweet flow!
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:50)
5/5 stars sweet, sweet flow!
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Ridelogs
    21
More Stats for Beginner Brown's Ranch Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -53 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,342 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,396 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,343 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -10.3%
  • Grade min
    13%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Upper Ranch Trail
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Upper Ranch Trail
Jan 11, 2023 @ 12:41am
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Hawknest Trail
Jan 9, 2023 @ 12:14am
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