The Long Way Around
ElevationAscent: 700' 213 m
Descent: -700' -213 m
High: 2,957' 901 m
Low: 2,576' 785 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (3°)
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“This a great ride using Hawknest Trail and the 136th St. Express to ride the perimeter of the preserve.”— Peter May
This loop starts at the Browns Ranch Trailhead and takes Brown's Ranch Road north from the parking lot. There is on turn on Brown's Ranch Road on the way to Hawknest Trail, about 2.5 miles from the trailhead that turns to the right with an unmarked trail that goes straight. There is a sign post showing the turn. Don't take the narrower unmarked trail that goes straight. A general rule of thumb: if the trail isn't marked, don't follow it.
I used Brown's Ranch Road to get to Hawknest Trail then rode the entirety of Hawknest Trail east along the top of preserve to 136th St. Express. 136th St. Express was a fun ride with a lot of twists and turns and a couple of tight turns that will keep you alert. The parking areas along this trail do have port-a-potties but no water so be sure you carry plenty of water for the whole ride.
After a few miles on 136th St. Express, turn right onto Turpentine Trail which deadens at Whiskey Bottle Trail. A right onto Whiskey Bottle Trail will take you to Chuck Wagon Trail and a left onto Chuck Wagon Trail will lead you back to Brown's Ranch Road and to the trailhead.
There are many variations you can make to this ride because of the multitude of trails at Browns Ranch. The trails are hard packed desert soil so the riding is easy. You may even cross some old lava flows from when this area of Arizona still had active volcanos.
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