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Brown's Mountain Summit

This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.


Hike Starts at 6:45 a.m.

The gate opens 0603 on 10-27.  Hah!  Sunrise is at 0642.

This breathtaking hike is in the new Brown’s Ranch Area of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  You will be amazed at the spectacular desert views.  Saguaros are abundant due to the higher elevation!  This is a chance for you to see unusual desert plants and possibly more wildlife.

The trails are new, well-groomed, and fairly soft. There are some areas of deep sand & dirt that will make you feel like you are trudging at a beach.

We will be heading up Brown’s Mountain, so there will be some quick elevation gain. Breathing might be a little harder for some who have only hiked in central Phoenix, at lower elevations. When we reach BT4, some Group members may choose to ascend Brown’s Summit Spur while less experienced hikers can remain at a wonderful scenic overlook.

Caution: The Summit Spur is steep, narrow, and slippery in spots so there will be some struggling. At the top, you will be rewarded with stunning new views of the North Valley, but you can also see Squaw Peak and part of Camelback Mountain and beyond between two buttes.

But that is only part of the journey! We will still have 2.5 miles to loop around Brown’s Mountain with many, many ups + downs before we get back to the TH. Can you say, “breakfast now!”

Please consider your physical condition and hiking abilities very seriously before submitting your RSVP for this hike. While I very much enjoy introducing new hikes for the Phoenix 2-Hour Beginner Hikers, this is probably not a good option for your “first-time” hike.

This hike will be cross-posted with Trail Mix. We will keep a beginner’s pace, though moderate, and we will take rest breaks for water frequently.

Bring plenty of water and PLEASE wear a hat or head-covering.

Also consider bringing a bandana, a towel, or other wrap-around cooling cloths.

The City of Scottsdale already has the new maps stocked at the TH, but feel free to print them out in advance from the link below.

Limit of 20 hikers due to smaller summit area and steep ascent.


DISTANCE:  4.2 miles roundtrip

ELEVATION GAIN: Almost 550 feet

TRAIL STYLE: Loop, with one spur and scenic lookout area

DURATION:  2.5 to 3.0 hours

DOGS: Yes, if leashed

FACILITIES: Restrooms and water at the TH; dog fountain also


WEBSITE: Trail Map


DIRECTIONS: The trailhead address is: 30301 North Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona. To get there, take Scottsdale Road or Pima Road north to Dynamite Blvd. Head east on Dynamite. At Alma School Road turn left, and head north. The Google map link will show you where to head north.

(Dynamite changes to Rio Verde Drive at this intersection, so don't get confused.)

Another option is going east on E. Happy Valley Road to N. Alma School Road and then head north.

If you are coming from Fountain Hills, just take Rio Verde Drive.

** The TH is approximately one mile north of Dynamite Blvd. **

You will observe signs that say “No Outlet” and “Dead End”… just keep going! Parking for passenger vehicles is on the left.

Contact me via Meetup if you have questions.

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  • Devang

    Another one of Jim's amazing hikes. A very beautiful location, nice breeze, clear skies and a great group!!! Had a great time :)

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • Jim K.

    SUPERB small Group this morning of rugged hikers. Brown’s Mountain certainly provided the exercise and the trails, and we brought the people and the fun! “The Laughter of Women” was thoroughly enjoyed again, although it did diminish somewhat as we ascended.

    This particular Group seemed to experience the most fun and enjoyment on the Summit. Devang sure added to the merriment of the hike again.

    I wonder what happened to all those eager walk-ons that were promised yesterday (and last week).

    Man I can feel the BURN, Michael! The benefit of the hiking poles is the after-power.

    Special thanks to Sabrina and Simba for sweeping again. This is working out very well.

    It wouldn’t be a hike without ALL of YOU! So thank you for attending, and we had the lucky thirteen. What a great hike.

    3 · October 27, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Great hike, thanks again Jim!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Christine Beth F.

    Beautiful. Wonderful clear day. Like going early!

    2 · October 27, 2013

    • Jim K.

      You can be assured Christine that my hikes will always be early. Thank you for attending!

      October 27, 2013

  • michael s.

    Fabulous scenery at too of mountain great hike weather and group of people Thanks always to the fearless leader Jim and Sabrina and Simba for sweeping

    2 · October 27, 2013


    Jim i'm coming to this one with a new friend
    we'll hike on our own if you think the group is too big
    i'll see you at the trailhead 6:30-6:45 AM ish
    thanks for setting this us and leading us on your AWESOME pleasurably paced hikes! its a JOY!

    October 21, 2013

  • Jim K.

    Well, the Gateway gate opens right "on time", so I don't know what the problem is at Brown's Ranch Trailhead. Odd. Yes, I find it odd.

    1 · October 19, 2013

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