Length: 4.0 mi Out & Back
Elevation gain: 500'
Starting Point: 2640'
* Rating: D - Beginner
**Dogs are not permitted in Tucson Mt Park
DEPART the Walgreens at 10:00.
Trail head location:
Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Area, North Kinney Road
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 east side of the north 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 south peak. The trail winds down along the west 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 Brown Mountain pic nic area for a rest stop and snack. There is water and rest rooms at the pic nic 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.
If you are meeting us at the trail head there is a Google map showing the trail head location here.
Please Bring: 2+ liters of water, food for a snack, sun protection
If you are new to the group or a beginner hiker please read these:
About the Tucson Hiking Meetup Group
Tucson Hiking Meetup Group - No Show Policy
Tips for Beginning Hikers - Sierra Club
Hike at your own risk.
If you have questions email me or call me at [masked]