This is a really fun trek up and along a ridgeline with broad views of the Tucson Mountains and even Kit Peak Observatory. The unmarked trail starts at the bottom of the parking area listed in the trailhead description below. The trail dips into a wash then starts up the foothills of Brown Mountain. You will need to keep a keen eye for where the trail splits (GPS: 32.23862 N, 111.16479 W). The trail down and to the left is the Cougar Trail, and the Brown Mountain Trail is up and to the right. Follow the trail to the right up and along the ridges. I usually stop at the two mile point, and then turn around.
And as always, enjoy!
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, head west on E Speedway Blvd for 7.2 miles. Here Speedway becomes Gates Pass Blvd. Continue onto W Gates Pass Blvd for 4.8 miles. Turn right at Kinney Rd and follow for 2.4 miles. Turn into the Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Grounds, just before the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The unmarked trailhead is at the southern-most tip of the parking area. (Lat:32.23923 Lon:-111.16606)
Trail Guides for Brown Mountain Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Saguaro National Park - www.nps.gov/sagu - (520) 733-5158
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ron on 1/22/2013
This was our first hike after moving into the area. The views are very nice and doing it on a week day, we didn't see anyone else on the trail. We took our dog, and after being a Midwest dog for her first 10 years, she only got a couple of pricks at the beginning of the hike and did very well. Fairly easy with only one climb that had us catching our breath.
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