Summary: This is a fun trail to get a feel for what the Tucson Mountains have to offer. The trailhead is near the Gilbert Ray Campground entrance. The trail starts by using the Brown Mountain Trail for about half a mile, then splits off to the right (signed trail marker) and wanders through the foothills of Brown Mountain. The trail terminates in a parking lot right next to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a world class desert animal museum with refreshments, should you choose to visit.
The trail is kid friendly but the total distance might be a bit much for younger ones.
For the return, it's back the way you came.
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 0.6 miles. Take the 1st left onto Mc Cain Loop Rd and follow for about a half mile. The trailhead is on the right, just before the entrance to the Gilbert Ray Campground. (Lat:32.22366 Lon:-111.14513)
Trail Guides for Cougar 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 CLK on 3/8/2015
This seems to actually describe the eastern half of the Brown Mountain Trail loop. Cougar Trail is north of the road and follows power lines, and connects to Brown Mountain Trail by way of Ringtail Trail. As described it is more of a 5 mile round trip according to both my map and GPS. Very nice trail and will definitely be visiting it again in the future.
Reviewed by Shelb on 1/18/2015
This is listed as a dog friendly hike,but dogs are not permitted anywhere in Saguaro National Park. In fact, there is apparently quite a hefty fine for taking them there.
Reviewed by Shelb on 1/16/2015
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