Past Meetup

Brown's Ranch Area (McDowell Preserve) - Exploratory Hike

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Details

I have NOT hiked on all of the trails described below but I do not expect any problems. I have a map plus all intersections are well-marked.

We will be looking for signs of Brown's Ranch. That location may be at the intersection of Brown's Ranch Road and Corral Trail, or at the intersection of Brown's Ranch Road and Maverick Trail.

The hiking route we will take will be Upper Ranch Trail from near the Brown's Ranch TH, right on Brown's Ranch Road, left on Corral Trail, right on Dry Gulch Trail, left on Cholla Mountain Loop Trail to Cathedral Rock. From Cathedral Rock we will go back on Cholla Mountain Loop Trail the way we came, right to The Amphitheater. From The Amphitheater we will continue on Cholla Mountain Loop Trail, right on Watershed Trail, right on Powerline Road #2, right on Vaquero Trail (see NOTE 2 below), left on Brown's Ranch Road back to where we began.

Meet near the restrooms.

NOTE 1 - GPSes, Mapquest, etc may not get you to the TH. The parking area for the TH is at the very north end of Alma School Parkway (about 1 mile north of Dynamite Road).

NOTE 2 - (with regard to the hiking route above) At this point, if we did not find remains of Brown's Ranch near the intersection of Brown's Ranch Road and Corral Trail, we will turn right on Brown's Ranch Road for 0.1 miles to the intersection of Brown's Ranch Road and Maverick Trail. After some searching we will head back on Brown's Ranch Road (south) the way we came.

LENGTH: about 7.8 to 8 miles

TRAIL STYLE: loop

ELEVATION GAIN: about 400 feet

RATING: Moderate

FACILITIES: at TH

DOGS: yes, if leashed