4 Miles

125 feet

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Hiking Around Brown’s Mountain Overview

The hiking in the McDowell’s is excellent and there are so many options! Hiking around Brown’s mountain is 4 miles long, flat, and has great views. 

Map & Elevation Profile

Total distance: 4.09 mi
Max elevation: 2784 ft
Min elevation: 2659 ft
Total time: 01:18:13

Map for Hiking around Brown’s Mountain

Get this map! There are a lot of trails in this area. So having a good map is helpful. 

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McDowell Mountains Greentrails map

You definitely won’t regret having this map for your McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes (affiliate link)!

Parking

You will want to park at the Brown’s Mountain Trail lot. Parking is free and there’s lots of it!

Hiking around Brown’s Mountain Trail Notes

No big surprise here, but it’s extremely hot in Phoenix right now. No going outside during the day 😢. During the week we are limited to hiking in the morning (but we aren’t really morning people) or hiking close to dusk. Doing easy hikes is also a good idea when it is this hot.

The Brown’s Mountain area is great for evening hikes. It is a few degrees cooler up here and there are tons of easy hikes.  This hike has minimal elevation and great views! In my opinion, Brown’s Mountain is particularly scenic and you get to look at it the entire time! From all directions!

It took us about an hour and 20 minutes to hike these 4 miles. There are plenty of options to make this shorter or longer. 

So, is Hiking ARound Brown’s Mountain worth it?

Yes, definitely! But I am biased and think all the hiking in the McDowell’s is worth it. 

Other hikes close by

There are so many options here! For something just as easy but with fewer people, check out the Fraesfield trailhead and try the Whiskey Bottle Trail hike.

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