Hike of the Week: Brown’s Mountain in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Mare CzinarFebruary 17, 2023
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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

RATING: moderate

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.


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