22.6 miles
1,126 ft
-1,143 ft
3,015 ft
High Point

22 mile loop at Browns Ranch. Some technical, but mostly a smooth intermediate to beginner ride.

Detailed Description
Browns Ranch Long Loop is a 23 mile popular intermediate route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 1,126 ft with a max elevation of 3,015 ft then descends -1,143 ft.
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13 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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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 (Aug 23, 2021 at 2:10)
Probably some of the largest features at Brown's (save east side of Brown's Mtn trail), but as many have said, still 'techy blue' by comparison to Prescott/Sedona/Flag trails (or even Trail 100 more locally).
Super fun place to build tech skills and plenty of different lines in a single segment of the trail to try out and build confidence. Don't forget those uphill skills/line choice...
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robertellisw (Mar 15, 2021 at 5:42)
Trail Scorpion
Rode both scorpion segments North to South. Both are super fun! The flow is great. I rate them more on the blue side. I did the big technical loop route. All of the blues are green. Zero techical riding except for the blacks, which could arguably be rated as mostly blues. This whole trail system is most definitely for casual, cross country riding. If you're looking for chunk, I would probably avoid this system altogether. If you're looking for some fast miles on well maintained kitty litter trails, this is your spot.
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:46)
Trail Scorpion
Concur with EVERYTHING said above!
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nermandersh (Dec 19, 2020 at 4:06)
Rode south to north. Fun trail with some cool features, but definitely not worthy of a black diamond rating. I would say it's intermediate at best with only a few vaguely challenging spots which all have bypasses.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 18:03)
I like to ride this from red to green, so north to south. Great section with some great boulder crawls to test your skills. I would recommend scoping lines before tackling some of the bigger hurdles since there are quite a few line choices. You will have cell service (Verizon, Sprint) in this area so you can double check the maps in case u get turned around. Also, the more technical sections can be bypassed if you do not feel comfortable tackling them and don’t want to HAB. Overall this is a great trail to improve your technical skills.
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twowheeledwanderer (Feb 5, 2020 at 18:20)
South to north does have better flow. The Diablo trails are in my top favorite trails in Phoenix for their rock rolls and engaging terrain. They're not very technical IMO, but fun nonetheless twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-phoenix-arizona
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DrHog (Jan 22, 2020 at 17:08)
Trail Scorpion
I really like these new “Black” trails—more interesting and challenging than most of Brown’s Ranch. They are not legit advanced trails IMHO, more like intermediate with a few skills improvement areas.
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PB-Fingerz (Jan 13, 2020 at 21:40)
I like to ride South to North. It flows better and I can ride down the technical features instead of climbing up them.
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martman800 (Feb 13, 2019 at 11:39)
I feel like this trail is a little over rated. It was fun, but more deserving of an intermediate designation.
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Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 22:37)
accurate description
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arathorn13 (Jun 6, 2016 at 8:40)
Very fun technical stuff. Ride it south to north from the divide trail. The signage is confusing as hell so it takes some trial and error to find a route. The trail disappears altogether when it crosses the granite slabs. I had to get off my bike and study lines quite a bit, which is cool by me.

Trails in Route

Latigo Trail2 miles
Scorpion1,014 ft
Scorpion3,885 ft
Scorpion3,340 ft
West Express2,372 ft
El Diablo South1 mile
Connector187 ft
Wrangler Trail1,004 ft


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More Stats for Browns Ranch Long Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -15 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,445 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,733 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,717 ft
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  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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