Brown's Ranch Perimeter Loop
ElevationAscent: 629' 192 m
Descent: -629' -192 m
High: 2,928' 892 m
Low: 2,649' 807 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
Popular rides nearby
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Sonoran Long Figure 8
10.5 mi 16.9 km • Loop • 1,091 ft Ascent 332.5 m Ascent
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Hawes Hot Lap
8.0 mi 12.9 km • Loop • 798 ft Ascent 243.17 m Ascent
Prickly Pedal Race Course
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“A looped ride around Brown's and Granite Mountain, then back through Balanced Rock and the Amphitheater.”— Brent Miller
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Up to this point, the trails have been well marked but once you cross over The Divide Trail, the signs are less frequent.
Continue on High Desert Trail, passing several sign posts that are not yet marked. Keep the MTB Project mobile app out as it's easy to make a wrong turn or miss the way. Just before the seven mile mark (about 6.9 miles in) you'll make a turn to the right at an unmarked sign post, heading south on the Renegade Trail and then soon onto the Desperado Trail. Keep going past the Soapberry Wash Trail and turn right at the intersection with the Coyote Canyon Trail.
This will connect to the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. Head left at the intersection for a clockwise loop around Granite Mountain. This section is a little more technical, but still pretty easy, though there is some climbing. At the southwest corner of the looping trail, turn left to the Balanced Rock Trail to pass the popular Balanced Rock. Proceed straight to travel clockwise along the Cholla Mountain Loop trail at the next intersection.
Watch for the Amphitheater Connector as it's a short and very worthwhile detour to an awesome formation of rocks. After you've enjoyed the sights, continue clockwise. At the southwest corner of the Cholla Mountain Loop, take the Maverick - Cholla Mountain Connector for a short distance and then head right on the Maverick Trail. This will take you back to Brown's Ranch Road and eventually the parking area.
Land Manager: City of Scottsdale