16.1 miles
Distance
712 ft
Climb
-749 ft
Descent
2,947 ft
High Point

First time out here. Hard to get much speed before hitting the brakes. Hawknest Trail was pretty fun. Enjoyed the short climb up Granite Mountain. How many Trail Stewards do you need? I felt safe though.

Detailed Description
Browns Ranch - First Visit is a 16 mile moderately popular easy route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 26 trails. This route climbs 712 ft with a max elevation of 2,947 ft then descends -749 ft.
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32 Reviews & Comments

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Griffen1W3A2F (Oct 14, 2022 at 12:19)
Riding this trail from west to east is the way to do it. After finishing a number of trails, left wondering where the intermediate part was, this was actually an intermediate trail some chunk. It can get a little sandy at the bottom, but still rideable.
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CharlieOstergren (Oct 13, 2022 at 12:16)
Majority of the lower section of this trail is deep sand (disclosed in info), but honestly not a good addition to any RIDE if flow is a must for you. Great hiking trail addition with cool rock formations.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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yeti007 (Mar 21, 2020 at 12:42)
C Zac s CSS
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 23:01)
East to west is great climb
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Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 23:01)
East to west is great climb
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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 (Nov 29, 2014 at 21:07)
This is a gorgeous trail, and pretty easy for beginners and kids.
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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 Browns Ranch - First Visit mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -36 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,607 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,761 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,726 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -17.3%
  • Grade min
    12.3%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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