15.6 miles
1,213 ft
-1,223 ft
3,073 ft
High Point

Ride east on Latigo to Whiskey Bottle east to Turpentine east. Connect to Black Hill north, continue on Granite Mountain Loop

Detailed Description
Brown's long Loop is a 16 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 21 trails. This route climbs 1,213 ft with a max elevation of 3,073 ft then descends -1,223 ft.
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34 Reviews & Comments

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Taterade (Jul 6, 2022 at 8:41)
The lower section of this trail (in the actual canyon) is not fun. Deep, loose sand and large boulders. There are much better options in the area if you enjoy technical riding - this is just a slog.
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Tony8tNr4i (May 19, 2022 at 14:00)
Still sandy but only south of coyote canyon trail. Otherwise great
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Tony8tNr4i (May 19, 2022 at 13:59)
Still Sandy
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Tony8tNr4i (May 19, 2022 at 13:57)
Still needs buckhorn cactus trimmed back ini multiple spots
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Ampfrog (Jan 3, 2022 at 22:42)
Trail Brown's Mtn.
If you can clean Sidewinder and/or Dixie at Sonoran Preserve, this will be a fun challenge compared to the rest of Brown's.
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Tj90 (Dec 18, 2021 at 22:20)
Trail Brown's Mtn.
Great conditions. Rocky sections challenges your cardio. Hard to believe this is only 300 feet
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PakChris (Dec 3, 2021 at 20:44)
Upper section is a fun, fairly easy ride. Some negative comments here on the lower section. True, it’s sandy and there are some tricky rock sections. But a nice change of pace, and some of the coolest terrain in the north section. I posted a video of the lower half that gives a good view of it.
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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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stinkytuscadero (Nov 2, 2021 at 11:56)
The north eastern part of this trail, beyond Desperado, is unrideable in either direction. Deep sandy wash mixed with large boulders and very overgrown. Pure hike a bike. Tried to shortcut across this from Dove Valley trying to get back to Desperado, knowing nothing about it, with wife and daughter. Big mistake.
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Ampfrog (Oct 29, 2021 at 2:58)
Trail Corral Trail
If you want to have fun, ride this segment of the trail westbound (not as shown in elevation chart). All downhill, lots of bumps to get air off of, rarely see anyone else out on this trail. Cruising up the east portion from Brown's Road is not bad (www.trailforks.com/trails/corral-trail-15261), just spin for a few minutes to the start of this section, it's worth it.

Linking this into Buckshot is also very fun!
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rachboyko (Sep 5, 2021 at 19:00)
Trail Brown's Mtn.
Probably a blue with some black features. The climb is chunky & steep in some sections but entirely rideable. Beautiful views with a fast & super fun rocky descent.
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Kathrynh (Dec 9, 2020 at 19:03)
I agree that the eastern portion should be rated blue due to the exposure and chunky while climbing - I definitely would not tell a beginner to ride from Fraesfield TH to Dixileta
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KillaKitFox (Aug 17, 2020 at 8:34)
Wish i checked reviews, sandy wash makes me sad Frown
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 18:09)
Riding North to South there is a somewhat short uphill section that leads into a great DH section where you can really open the bike up. There are many blind corners though so be sure to call out as you near them to avoid hitting someone coming south to north. There are some small mounds that you can utilize as jumps on the trail as well. Overall it is a well groomed trail that allows you to enjoy the desert whipping by you.
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Ampfrog (Mar 31, 2022 at 4:08)
Note: Riding CW is definitely easier than CCW. However, definitely not "downhill". Still XC, but a fun cruise! And yes, keep an eye out for those mini-air rollers.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:58)
Easy entrance trail that links to many of the trails in this system. Can get pretty congested here so check your speed for sure.
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AndreMarlin7 (Sep 21, 2019 at 19:20)
Trail Brown's Mtn.
Hands down one of the best trials in the Valley. Great stuff from tricky tech to fast flowy sections. The climb was tolerable and the surrounding were beautiful, definitely coming back????
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RDeP (Jul 30, 2019 at 23:12)
This isn’t the fastest but it’s flowy. Watch out for cactus out of the corners. Not much pedaling hard here if you have your air pressure dialed. Check out our insta @averageriders
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RDeP (Jul 28, 2019 at 21:05)
Trail Latigo Trail
This is a great trail to start on and head towards granite mountain by going east. Take this To Turpentine for a nice ride around Granite Mountain! We have some footage for you on insta @averageriders
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STGDSS92 (Feb 11, 2019 at 16:59)
Wouldn't call this a blue trail..parts of cholla loop are harder than the "spicy" parts of granite mtn loop.... still really fun and flowy. Lots of photo ops, the overlook is amazing.
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Ampfrog (Mar 31, 2022 at 4:05)
Not sure what trail you were on, there is nothing around the entire Cholla loop that is as "spicy" as the Granite Mtn Loop. Granite has switchbacks with rocks to say the least, Cholla is beginner all around unless you know the B-lines for harder challenges. Did you end up in the Diablo areas north of Cholla?
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STGDSS92 (Dec 18, 2018 at 16:50)
Great trail, some tight switchbacks with no room for error (unless you want to wipe out into a cholla) will make you keep your speed in check. Still pretty suitable for beginners, some of the most beautiful views come from this trail in my opinion.
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STGDSS92 (Dec 12, 2018 at 10:48)
Some rock gardens on the eastern portion of the trail when it rides along a mountain ridge. Also a very small creek crossing after recent heavy rains. I would give the eastern portion of it a more intermediate rating.
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Dcrighton (Sep 11, 2018 at 21:32)
Good fun as a downhill (North to South). Easy trail with fast section and a few slow corners chill out at cathedral rock to visit with other riders.
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praisejahrasta (Nov 17, 2017 at 16:11)
2nd on the sandy wash, I’ll avoid in the future
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nealfix (Oct 18, 2017 at 12:12)
Five to ten minutes of pushing bikes in a sandy wash
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Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 23:01)
East to west is great climb
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Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 22:57)
West to east is most fun!!!
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Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 22:34)
Sandy and uphill west to east
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schillingsworth TRAILFORKS (May 14, 2015 at 12:00)
From the trail page you should be able to edit the trail. Pick a more appropriate rating and submit it for user approval.
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joetoe5 (May 12, 2015 at 18:53)
This is not a black diamond trail. Is there any way for users to vote on the difficulty of the trail? Compared to the rest of the preserve there are a few sections of the trail that are more difficult but this is an intermediate trail.
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DrHog (Jan 30, 2015 at 21:49)
Great stuff--twisty and fairly smooth with gradual pitch. Can be ridden either direction. Cholla Mtn scenery is gorgeous.
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DrHog (Nov 29, 2014 at 21:24)
Trail Brown's Mtn.
About the most vertical you can get in Brown's Ranch, but I wouldn't call it a black diamond.
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DrHog (Nov 29, 2014 at 21:07)
This is a gorgeous trail, and pretty easy for beginners and kids.


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More Stats for Brown's long Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -11 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,641 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,752 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,743 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 1.5 (2 votes)
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