Distinctive Brown’s Mountain is a centerpiece of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The final quarter mile climb to the top of the flat-topped hill is crazy vertical but pays off with 360-degree Valley vistas and a chance to observe the resident ravens that nest in the mountains clefs.
LENGTH: 3 miles round trip to the summit and back
ELEVATION: 2,703 – 3,253 feet
BEST SEASON: October – April
FACILITIES: restrooms, water
Brown’s Ranch Trailhead: 30301 N. Alma School Pkwy., Scottsdale.
From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Pima/Princess exit 36. Go 6.5 miles north on Pima to Dynamite, turn right and continue 2.7 miles to Alma School. Turn left and go 1 mile to the trailhead.. The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset daily.