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BROWN'S RANCH TRAILHEAD (Part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve)
Posted Dec 21, 2013 14:38

BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD (Part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve) Posted Dec 21, 2013

The newest hiking area in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. It is located at 30301 North Alma School Parkway. As with the other hiking areas mentioned in my Blog, this part of the Preserve has a wide variety of hiking opportunities. One of the special features of this trailhead entrance is a unique display exploring the history of this region in photographs and text.
Most of the trails are easily accessible and range from easy to difficult and are described in a brochure available at the trailhead. My husband and I have walked on two of the trails, both of which are loop trails and gave us different views of the surrounding desert. The most recent trail we walked was the “Wrangler Trail” listed as moderate in difficulty. It brought us very close to the base of Brown’s Mountain. Last month we explored the “Vaquero Trail” which was somewhat easier to navigate.
Special note: There is a free Family Friday Sunset Series offered the first and third Friday of each month at 4:30 PM, one at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead (3rd Friday) and one at the Gateway Access Area Amphitheater (1st Friday). The topics range includes information about southwest wildlife including raptors and reptiles. The schedule can be accessed on-line or in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Activity Guide book available at each preserve. How lucky we all are to have these incredible parks to explore!