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    Brown's Ranch Trailhead

    Thinking about checking out the trails around Brown's Ranch Trailhead. Suggestions on which ones to ride and what direction?

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    Catch Hackamore Trail and go around the four mountains CW.

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    Gracias.. about how far is that mileage wise?

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    It's at least 15 miles depending on the return route, all pretty easy. With an up-and-over Brown's Mtn. it's almost 18 miles.


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    Great facility at Brown's Ranch Trail Head. Clean restrooms and water. Good place to water up during a long ride.

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    "Great facility at Brown's Ranch Trail Head. Clean restrooms and water. Good place to water up during a long ride."

    ...oh yeah .... also the single-track is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    Great facility at Brown's Ranch Trail Head. Clean restrooms and water. Good place to water up during a long ride.
    is it open ? according to this -- Brown's Ranch Trailhead
    It opens Oct 19th
    fat old man ... fueled by Mexican pastries....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    is it open ? according to this -- Brown's Ranch Trailhead
    It opens Oct 19th
    Funny, on that page it says "Drinking fountains for hikers and dogs" I wonder if us low life mountain bikers are allowed to drink that expensive Snootsdale water?

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    Only if we drink out of the dog fountain ... And a dog does not see you.

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    Screw Brown's Ranch Trailhead, park at the corner of Pima and Dynamite - venture out from there - hit up the unsterilized old moto trails !

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    I built those old moto trails.. I'll pass on a mountain bike. Murphy's trail was a blast on a moto but i'd think not so much on a mountain bike. Too much sand.

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    I guess they ruined part of Phillbo's great trail work. All with no P&D drama.

    It's the grand openning that's in October. It "soft-openned" in early June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I built those old moto trails.. I'll pass on a mountain bike. Murphy's trail was a blast on a moto but i'd think not so much on a mountain bike. Too much sand.
    What sacrilege is this? Agree =0}.

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    Dude, I started riding those trails back in 1993, using Mike Thompson's sketchy old map "100 miles of singletrack." Nice work - some of those trails were classic when you go far out - like Girl's Route, Brown's Jam, etc. What is the condition of some of those these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    Great facility at Brown's Ranch Trail Head. Clean restrooms and water. Good place to water up during a long ride.
    Is it worth 4 million dollars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobbs View Post
    Dude, I started riding those trails back in 1993, using Mike Thompson's sketchy old map "100 miles of singletrack." Nice work - some of those trails were classic when you go far out - like Girl's Route, Brown's Jam, etc. What is the condition of some of those these days?
    Still rideable, just barely due to the brush being overgrown. Sometimes I'll divert off of the newer Browns ranch trails to ride some of the older trails along Cholla ridge. You can still access them, just need to know how to get back onto the newer trails when done, as it can get rather confusing.

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    It is open, with the grand opening in October if I recall. I did a trail run out there tonight after work, before it got dark. Pretty cool stuff, most on this board will be underwhelmed by the trails, but if you are getting kids, adults into riding, this would be a good place to start them off.

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    I looked at the map of this area and its flat as a pancake... Not a very good mt biking area... I know however, there would be great quail and rabbit hunting here..
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    Depends on what you are looking for on a particular day. If you want to climb, go someplace else. You want chunk/gnar, keep looking. You want some great views and a mellow ride? You found it!! Funny about 'flat as pancake' .... on my run yesterday, I figured I did 300 to 400 ft of climbing, I ended up with 81 ft!! It just felt like more, because I was running? Who knows!!

    It is a trail running paradise!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    I looked at the map of this area and its flat as a pancake... Not a very good mt biking area... I know however, there would be great quail and rabbit hunting here..
    Good, I'm recovering from surgery and could use some pancakes.. The McD's are just a bit too much for me right now so if it's ok? I'll do a couple pancake loops.

    Not everyone is a super epic gnar biker.

    I have a ton of rabbit and quail in my yard so I won't need to hunt.

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    Go up Browns mountain from the northern side and then tell us all how flat it is. I am not saying it is like Bell Pass, but you can get 2000 ft of climbing out there in about 20-30 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    Is it worth 4 million dollars?
    Probably not. I think Scottsdale goes a little overboard on some of their preserve "development".

    I actually like how Spur Cross have kept theirs more primitive.

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    They just reopened a section of the preserve for jeep tours to roll in. Pretty soon we'll be roadkill right in the preserve.

    Tours to resume in Scottsdale preserve - Phoenix Business Journal

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    Brown's Ranch Trailhead

    Maybe some of you guys are maybe missing the big picture. We are crazy-lucky that local and state governments are so committed to acquiring land and building trails in this area. I realize its not perfect, and yep, we have to share with those damn horses (and jeeps...), and four million is a lot for a fancy water fountain.... but that's inconsequential compared to all the wild, wide-open riding space we have available this close to a top-ten population center. I was in SoCal recently, riding Aliso-Wood Canyon trails ... Good stuff but packed with riders and surrounded by houses. Trying to get a thirty-mile loop in Aliso-Wood would be tough. And in Tel Aviv for work trip, trail riding even more difficult. And then there is the threat of terrorist artillery, also. All in all, we get the good deal on the great stuff.

    See you out there.

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    SO.... The Brown's ranch trailhead is open? As in, can I park there? use the restroom? I want to take the kids and wife there tomorrow?
    Anyone, anyone?

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