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Brown Mountain Loop

Basics
Location:
Tucson Mountains
Setting:
Desert, Mountainous
Length:
8.2 miles
Difficulty:
Advanced,
Expert
Aerobic Difficulty:
Intense
Time To Allow:
1.5 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2700 feet
Season:
Fall - Spring

Description

If you're interested in a lonely, uncrowded trail that is also beyond tough, the Brown Mountain Loop should be your first choice. It starts out with a deceptively manageable warm up and gets progressively difficult. The descent at the end whips sharply through rock, both off and on the trail.

You'll want to be bring plenty of food and water, because you will need your energy once you get off the friendly roads and jeep trails. The scenery is spectacular, but also filled with cacti, so do be careful.

Details

Location:
Tucson Mountains
Setting:
Desert, Mountainous
Length:
8.2 miles
Kinney Road: 1.9 Miles
Orcutt Trail/Misc: .9 Mile
Cougar Trail: 1.8 Miles
Brown Mountain Trail: 3.4 Miles
Jeep Trail: .2 Miles
Difficulty:
Advanced
Expert
Aerobic Difficulty:
Intense
Time To Allow:
1.5 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2700
Season:
Fall - Spring
Additional Details:
Dirt Road 21%
Jeep Trail 16%
Singletrack 63%

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
    From Tucson:
  • Take Speedway Boulevard west. It'll climb over the Tucson Mountains and become Gate Pass Road. After it intersects Kinney Road, drive across and park your car in the K16 parking area.

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