26.0 miles
Distance
1,142 ft
Climb
-1,237 ft
Descent
2,955 ft
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A route that starts from Pima Dynamite trailhead and allows you to ride all of hawksnest and finish downhill.

Detailed Description
Brown's Ranch from Pima Dynamite is a 26 mile less popular intermediate route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 28 trails. This route climbs 1,142 ft with a max elevation of 2,955 ft then descends -1,237 ft.
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34 Reviews & Comments

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djf501 (Mar 9, 2022 at 12:00)
Trail Dare A Sarah
Echoing what others are saying... these are green/blue trails at the most with a few 'black' tech options scattered throughout. Nothing compared to black trails at South Mtn. or other local riding spots. This is a an easy spin, single speed, recovery ride or a great place to bring kids. But don't come here expecting anything challenging.
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djf501 (Mar 9, 2022 at 12:00)
Trail Dare A Sarah
Echoing what others are saying... these are green/blue trails at the most with a few 'black' tech options scattered throughout. Nothing compared to black trails at South Mtn. or other local riding spots. This is a an easy spin, single speed, recovery ride or a great place to bring kids. But don't come here expecting anything challenging.
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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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Ampfrog (Oct 29, 2021 at 3:07)
Yep, skip the east half, ride from Connector to Brown's Rd, so much fun! If not busy (think weekday evenings), 20+ mph plus jumps (gaps if you have enough speed/technique), with a couple short steep bits towards the end to keep you honest.
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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 (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:56)
Connector Trail. Nothing special.
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:52)
Trail Dare A Sarah
Of all the new trails at the Pima trailhead, this is my least favorite. And it's still a good trail.
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:52)
Trail Dare A Sarah
Of all the new trails at the Pima trailhead, this is my least favorite. And it's still a good trail.
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jonesey441 (Nov 27, 2020 at 9:30)
Trail Dare A Sarah
A great flowy trail with fun technical features, great job trail team!
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jonesey441 (Nov 27, 2020 at 9:30)
Trail Dare A Sarah
A great flowy trail with fun technical features, great job trail team!
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 18:13)
I agree with dcrighton. The first half is an uphill climb but the western section is a fantastic roller coaster trail where you can open up and have fun.
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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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ThatGuy-MTB (Mar 21, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail Dare A Sarah
I wanted to give a little update about these trails after riding here again on 03/19/2020. These trails, I believe are overrated. These are definitely not black diamond trails. A majority of the trails out here marked as a black diamond are intermediate trails. Not to mention, most of the harder bits can be bypassed. It was just a shame to see so many people at this trailhead yet no people on the black diamonds. I would say that these are about 90% intermediate and 10% advanced, especially compared to South Mountain and Sedona trail systems. These ratings are keeping people of the trails, which is a shame. If you are on the fence with riding these areas, just give them a shot. If you can’t clear a section, there is nothing wrong with a little hike-a-bike.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Mar 21, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail Dare A Sarah
I wanted to give a little update about these trails after riding here again on 03/19/2020. These trails, I believe are overrated. These are definitely not black diamond trails. A majority of the trails out here marked as a black diamond are intermediate trails. Not to mention, most of the harder bits can be bypassed. It was just a shame to see so many people at this trailhead yet no people on the black diamonds. I would say that these are about 90% intermediate and 10% advanced, especially compared to South Mountain and Sedona trail systems. These ratings are keeping people of the trails, which is a shame. If you are on the fence with riding these areas, just give them a shot. If you can’t clear a section, there is nothing wrong with a little hike-a-bike.
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:51)
Trail Dare A Sarah
100% Agree! Mostly greenish blues, with very short 10-50 ft of hard technical, and most have green bypasses. My new favorite part of the park!
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:51)
Trail Dare A Sarah
100% Agree! Mostly greenish blues, with very short 10-50 ft of hard technical, and most have green bypasses. My new favorite part of the park!
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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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ThatGuy-MTB (Jan 16, 2020 at 17:08)
Trail Dare A Sarah
Hit this trail system for the first time today and rode thos trail uphill. No where near in comparison to Diablo in Brown’s ranch but had fun riding it. There are bypasses around the “most difficult” areas of the trail for those that do not want to climb the boulders out here. I will definitely visit this trail again.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Jan 16, 2020 at 17:08)
Trail Dare A Sarah
Hit this trail system for the first time today and rode thos trail uphill. No where near in comparison to Diablo in Brown’s ranch but had fun riding it. There are bypasses around the “most difficult” areas of the trail for those that do not want to climb the boulders out here. I will definitely visit this trail again.
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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 21:50)
5/5 stars sweet, sweet flow!
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Scooter1969 (Dec 23, 2018 at 7:53)
GREAT RIDE North To South (downhill) with lots of jumps. CAREFUL as lots of blind corners and riders also riding south to north. I would full approve this trail to be single direction as we had 4 "encounters" in single ride with fast moving downhillers and I love to ride this one down hill.
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Scooter1969 (Dec 23, 2018 at 7:53)
GREAT RIDE North To South (downhill) with lots of jumps. CAREFUL as lots of blind corners and riders also riding south to north. I would full approve this trail to be single direction as we had 4 "encounters" in single ride with fast moving downhillers and I love to ride this one down hill.
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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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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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Dcrighton (Sep 11, 2018 at 21:22)
Best if ridden east to west. Also the western half is tons of fun an can be taken at pretty high speeds. I like to go around granite mountain then down the west side of Cholla mountain and finish with the second half of Maverick to get to the parking lot.
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Boomingsooner (Mar 31, 2018 at 23:50)
Maybe the best trail at Browns West to East.
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Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 22:44)
Great ride!!!!
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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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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Ridelogs
    3
More Stats for Brown's Ranch from Pima Dynamite mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,301 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,395 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,300 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -14.1%
  • Grade min
    29.7%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
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