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What The Bike Bandit Says About Brown Mountain Bike Trails
Jason, The Bike Bandit
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – If you like the technical challenge of La Milagrosa on Tucson’s East side, you will love Brown Mountain.
The majority of this trail is not for the faint of heart. While the lower section is fun, intermediate-level riding, the upper section is steep, rocky and brutal with dangerous exposures. If you’re not comfortable with this kind of ride, then be aware you will be walking a lot, both up and down the mountain. That being said, the views are incredible!
Brown Mountain: One of Tucson’s BEST Technical Trails
This is one of Tucson’s best technical trails. We highly recommend riding around the East side of the mountain and beginning the route from the North end (by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum). Some riders enjoy riding up the South side but it is much more fun coming DOWN that section. Do be careful of craggy, razor sharp rocks that can cut sidewalls.
Great Tucson Attractions and “things to do”
Near Brown Mountain Trails
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum could be found just north of Brown Mountain, and Old Tucson Studios could be found just a short drive down Kinney Road to the South. Your kids and spouse can enjoy some of the great attractions in the area while you have some singletrack fun. Old Tucson Studios is a must do Tucson attraction. You can reach Brown Mountain in a number of ways. Don’t worry as there are restrooms and water available at the Gilbert Ray Campground, just south of Brown Mountain.
Starr Pass Trailhead: Better Mountain Bike
Alternative for Intermediates Mountain Bikers
The G5 in the Saguaro National Monument/Starr Pass area is an intermediate favorite and also for those who want a longer ride. It is also a favorite spot to park. From this parking area, you proceed to the Gates Pass Trail, then north on Cougar Trail, and then snag Ringtail Trail where you cross over K19 Parking and Kinney Road. When you do this route as an out-and-back, it should be a good workout as it is 16-miles.
If want to ride the Brown Mountain without any trouble, then you should place your vehicle at K19 off Kinney Road, cross Kinney, go through the wash, when you reach the first intersection, hang a right at the Y intersection and you should be on your way.
If you don’t have as much time, you can always keep your vehicle the Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Area, just north of the mountain, and be on your way. However, know that you won’t get much of a warmup before you hit the steep climb if you go this route.
Again, if you like Brown Mountain, then the Milagrosa mountain bike trail is highly recommended.
Directions to Brown Mt. Mountain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – Technical trails are all about East Tucson with La Milagrosa, and the west side with Brown Mountain. Most of these trails are not for the faint of heart. Although the lower section is fun, intermediate-level riding, be careful about the upper section because it is steep, rocky and brutal with dangerous exposures. If you’re not confident about this type of ride, then know that you will be walking a lot, both up and down the mountain. Considering that, the views are excellent! In other words, this is one of Tucson’s best technical trails. It is highly recommencded riding around the East side of the mountain and starting the route from the North end (by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum). There are riders who enjoy riding up the South side however, it should be more fun coming DOWN that section.