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Beginner Hike: Tucson Mt Park - Brown Mt Loop

Length: 4.0 mi Out & Back
Elevation gain: 500'
Starting Point: 2640'
Summit: 3098'
* Rating: D - Beginner
**Dogs are not permitted in Tucson Mt Park

NOTE: Hike starts at 1:30

Trail head location:
Brown Mountain Picnic Area, North Kinney Road

Google map directions to the trail head location are here.

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Just to the west of I-10 and south of the Western Distinct of Saguaro National Park lies the 20,000 acre Tucson Mountain Park.
The Park was established in April of 1929 by then Pima County Parks Commissioner C. B. Brown.

Along with many miles of open, flat to rolling hikes in Tucson Mountain Park is the hike up to the 3098' summit of Brown Mountain.

This hike starts with a climb up the west side of the south peak of Brown Mt via a series of switch backs. The trail then winds it's way along the ridge where can stop and take in the views. The trail then crosses the saddle to the north peak. The trail winds down along the east side on a series of switchbacks to the wash which is the same as the starting elevation. Here we will cross the wash to the Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Areafor a rest stop and snack. There is water and rest rooms at the picnic area.

After snacks the hike finishes up with a nearly flat meander along and through the wash to the starting point.

This hike will provide great views of the Tucson Mountains to the north, including the Red Rock area of the Western District of Saguaro National Park . We will also get great views of Golden Gate Peak and Cat Mountain to the east as well as expansive views to the south towards Kit Peak and the Baboquivari Mountains.

Add to that the ever present beauty of typical Sonoran Desert vegetation: Palo Verde, Beaver-tail cactus, Cholla and some really big Saguaro and it all adds up to make for a great way for beginner hikers to see a lot in a short hike.

There is is Tucson Mt Park map here.
There is a hike detail map here.

Be sure to bring adequate water and snacks.

As always - Hike at Your Own Risk

If you are new to the group please read these:

About the Tucson Hiking Meetup Group
Tucson Hiking Meetup Group - No Show Policy
Tips for Beginning Hikers - Sierra Club

Hike Rating Scale


If you have questions or need to reach me:
Cell:[masked]
WV-Mike



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike Mike and very good people hiking. I like this hike a lot and will never get tired of doing this one.

    January 31, 2013

  • Gail B.

    Great hike today.

    January 31, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Now I know why Brown Mt is one of my favorite hikes!
    Thanks to all for a groovy time.

    BTW - Jeanne had a flat tire and thus could not make it. Curiously she fixed the flat with some chocolate ice cream. This is a technique I must learn!

    January 31, 2013

  • Claire

    A nice hike on a lovely afternoon. Thanks, Mike, and it was great to see you again.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Gail B.

    I seem to be the only Gail listed for this hike, and as I said, I will meet at the trail head, not at Walgreen's.

    January 30, 2013

  • Bill

    Will meet the group at the trailhead.

    January 30, 2013

  • Cindy

    Sounds like at least 3 of us will meet at Walgreens. Gail and Claire, I'll see you there by 1:00.

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Gail B.

    I will meet the group at the trail head also.

    January 29, 2013

  • Cindy

    Is anyone going to meet at Walgreens? I can meet at Walgreens or the Trailhead.

    January 29, 2013

    • Claire

      I plan to meet at Walgreens.

      January 29, 2013

  • Susan

    no room for me? :(

    January 28, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Better get on the waiting list!

      January 29, 2013

  • Diane D.

    The parking is off Kinney right? Not Mccain loop?

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there places to park at the trail head if we don't meet at Walgreen's first?

    January 28, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Yes. And roadside parking in the picnic area should be no problem.

      January 28, 2013

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