Garden Canyon / Brown Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,043' 318 m
Descent: -1,044' -318 m
High: 5,652' 1,723 m
Low: 4,608' 1,405 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
Popular rides nearby
The Huachuca Mountain Ride
41.4 mi 66.6 km • Point to Point • 4,577 ft Ascent 1395.04 m Ascent
10.1 mi 16.2 km • Loop • 1,489 ft Ascent 453.7 m Ascent
Huachuca Canyon Ride
8.6 mi 13.9 km • Loop • 1,363 ft Ascent 415.56 m Ascent
Kentucky Camp/Greaterville Loop
11.5 mi 18.5 km • Loop • 1,017 ft Ascent 309.98 m Ascent
AZT - Kentucky Camp to Wilderness Boundary
17.6 mi 28.3 km • Loop • 1,418 ft Ascent 432.19 m Ascent
Kentucky Camp: Short Course
30.0 mi 48.2 km • Loop • 2,749 ft Ascent 838.01 m Ascent
“One way to stitch together some of the trails in the area.”— Kenneth Giffin
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
The Garden Canyon portion is a good introduction into mountain biking. The Brown Canyon Loop is more technical with some steep ups and downs. Traffic during the weekends can get heavy at times with hikers, dog walkers, equestrians, and others.
Enter Fort Huachuca and ride the corridor on the Perimeter Trail Brown-Garden #358 southwest to the Brown Canyon Ranch area. Exit the fort and continue southwest.
You can go up Brown Canyon at this point or head south to Brown Canyon Ranch. There are several options, most trails lead to the ranch. From the ranch (also a trailhead), you can take the dirt road south to Ramsey Canyon Road and trailhead. At the road, turn right, head west for about a mile up the road to Brown Canyon Road and turn right. This route is off camber and has some steep portions. For the most part, the trail up is a washed out jeep trail.
There are areas that can be challenging, either bike handling or endurance. Loose rocky sections, off camber, short steeps are all part of this uphill portion.
Once you begin to go down on Lower Brown Canyon, there is a water trough. Urban legend has it that there is a high level of lead in the water, who knows. From the trough down, the trail is singletrack, flowy, occasionally rocky, occasionally wet, some spots are more difficult that others, but nothing too challenging. This trail will continue down and out of the canyon and reconnect with the trail near Brown Canyon Ranch.
The other option is to ride from the ranch up into the canyon. Typically, the trail is ridden in a clockwise direction, but, in either direction, the trail is fun.