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Brown's Ranch

Easy/Intermediate
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Trail

10.5 mile 16.9 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 500' 153 m
Descent: -496' -151 m
High: 3,009' 917 m
Low: 2,716' 828 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

Dogs

Unknown
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Trail shared by Tom Dobson

Pemberton's Yankee Cousin - She ain't fancy but she rolls easy.

Tom Dobson

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This run starts and finishes at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead. The super soft crisscrossing sets of trails make this an awesome route. This is the new section north of the McDowells. It's also popular with Mountain Bikers, so leave the ear buds at home (they sleep in...start early).

Runner Notes

Super-fast soft surface rolling around the old Brown's Ranch.

Description

Starting out from the trailhead, take Brown's Ranch Road to the north about a mile then hang a right on Vaquero Trail.

Vaquero Trail is soft rolling singletrack for about a mile where it ties into the powerline road. Hang a left on the power line road and run about 300 feet to Chuckwagon Trail.

Turn left on Chuckwagon Trail and cruise up a slight incline over wide singletrack for about a mile. Hang a left at the sign on Cholla Mountain Loop Trail. Run the loop clockwise all the way around (about 3 miles) then turn south (left) on Watershed Trail.

After about 1/2 mile turn right on Maverick Trail for a quick 1.4 back to the fire road and the way home.

This is a super easy set of trails. Maps are available at the trailhead as are water and bathrooms. All roads lead back to the trailhead, so if you make a wrong turn, just keep going. The longest section before and intersection is about a mile.

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Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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Aug 2, 2019
Dale Huddleston
Apr 25, 2015
Tom Dobson
Got there early and beat the mountain biking traffic — 1h 32m

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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Photos

Cathedral Rock
Apr 25, 2015 near Carefree, AZ
I think its a Jackalope!!!
Apr 25, 2015 near Carefree, AZ
Watershed Trail Looking South to Tom's Thumb
Apr 25, 2015 near Carefree, AZ
Nuff Said
Apr 25, 2015 near Carefree, AZ
The Amphitheater
Apr 28, 2015 near Carefree, AZ
Wide rolling singletrack on the Chuckwagon Trail
Apr 25, 2015 near Carefree, AZ

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