Brown Canyon - Trail, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Brown Canyon - Trail, Sierra Vista, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Jeep road in beginning, to single track. Jeep road leads to rocky climb/crossover saddle, down into Brown Canyon. Once in Canyon, left and follow great trail up into canyon. At Pamona Mine Trail sign (@2.5 miles) bear to left. Another 100 yards to cement trough/water. DO NOT RIDE INTO WILDERNESS. Bear sharp left up jeep road, up to saddle. Creast saddle, down jeep road (Great woops!) to Ramsey Road (pavement) (Respect Housing/Driveways near bottom). Decision Time! return back same way came (True Mountain Biker) or continue down Ramsey Rd to car/parking.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 24, 2007]
Steve Keller
Weekend Warrior

This is a sweet little slice of singletrack wholesome goodness, with some way cool jeep road that is just as enjoyable. The vegetation and scenery are great. I was skeptical about driving all the way from Tucson to ride a loop that is only 6 miles. But the cool thing about it is you can ride it several different ways in a day to mix it up, and swing back by your truck to re-up on a frosty beverage between loops. If you can only ride the loop once, it is imperative that you do it clockwise because the sweetest singletrack is all downhill in Brown Canyon itself. Its well maintained moderate grade gives you a twisty, mostly smooth rollercoaster of a downhill run that is sure to evoke some hoots and hollers. You may even decide you should stand on the cranks for more zoom, just to end up in a pile of rubble at the bottom of one of several rocky tech sections that pop up unexpectedly. This singletrack is also very nice to crank up, if your'e one of those who enjoys that sort of thing. Aside from being a short trail that's a bit of a drive to reach (from Tucson), I really enjoyed this trail. It's ideal for an all-mountain setup, but I had no problems on my hardtail.

Customer Service

Park at the trailhead parking lot or further northwest down the dead end jeep road. If you only want to do one loop, ride out onto the road and head south, uphill, until you get to Brown Canyon Rd. Take a right and grunt up the rutted but doable climb. Crest the saddle and jam downhill, just past the spring there will be an intersection with a few boulders in the road. Go right for fat downhill singletrack splendor. Eventually drops down into the grassy flats and turns into the jeep road that leads back to the parking area. If you want more, crank back up Brown canyon and turn right at the boulders and go a hundred feet or so to the Tinker Canyon turnoff. More sweet singletrack, but it turns into two track that is rough, loose and not as enjoyable. Ends up at a turn of the century ranch house that is being restored by volunteers-very cool. Be respectful of this irreplaceable piece of old west history. Head Southeast back to parking area. Beer.

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4
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3
[Oct 14, 2005]
jesse.futrell
Weekend Warrior

Amazing quick ride. One loop will take about 45 minutes to an 1.5 hours. Sweet singletrack and some challenging rock terrain in spots. A few creek crossings and I spot a deer about 75% of my trips. Watch for hikers and other riders and don't try to ride the wilderness trail.

Customer Service

-Starting at the trail head off of Ramsey Canyon Road head take Ramsey Canyon Road up to Brown Canyon Road (unimproved) and take a right. -Down the road stay left at the sign that says "Stay Right." After a smooth, steep uphill climb the ride down the canyon is amazing. -On all trail splits stay RIGHT and you will end up right back at your car. Got more time?? Ride it again. -Riding it the opposite direction is a technical uphill ride and a smooth, fast downhill back to your car.

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5
VALUE
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3
[May 03, 2004]
bob smith
Weekend Warrior

awsome this has everything the first mile 0r 2 you dont think you are ever going to go down hill but it is well worth it i rode at 1 in the afternoon and it wasent to hot at all . technical trail makes fantasy island look like a joke . just have to ride to aprecate

Customer Service

same as noted clockwise is the best and only way to go i feel just watch for horses

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5
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4
[Jun 01, 1999]
Bill Walker

Trail has everything.. smooth single track, rocks, sand, shade, steep pitch's... Ride it in both directions..

Customer Service

Start at Ramsey Rd parking area - head north/northwest to canyon entrance.

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Another option - at Pamona Mine sign, head to right, up 40 ft pitch to singletrack on right.. follow this baby to fence.. Don't enter Army Post area.. return back same way.. adds about one mile extra to Brown Canyon ride.. you'll like it..

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5
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[Nov 07, 1999]
TMAN

Directions given on other review worked well. Easy to stay with the trail. It's a lot rockier than I expected, but mostly rideable. Some interesting spots that challenge the technical skills. The down hill at the end makes it a worthwhile ride.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise seemed to work best

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4
VALUE
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[Feb 27, 2000]
Angie Buck

To put into perspective, I'm used to the smooth, muddy trails of NC and TN. So this one was especially slippery with sand and loose rocks; though I accomplished it, I had to really concentrate on a specific path to take. So soften those tires! Counter-clockwise, it is a great climbing workout. After passing the trough, there is still quite a good climb before the reward. Take one second to notice how high you've climbed before it all becomes a blur. Heads up for a barbed wire gate half way down across the trail. Stop to open and close it, and avoid sliding right into it. (no comment)

Customer Service

The right turn off Hwy 92 is actually Ramsey Canyon Road. Go only two miles to the trailhead on the right, marked by a green hikers sign and "Watch for Animals" caution sign. There is no gate here.

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4
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[Jul 09, 2000]
M. Roland

This is an awesome ride (one of my favorites). Beautiful scenery and a great mix of easy and technical sections. I would not recommended this trail for a beginner or someone who doesn't like rocks. Also the trail stay consistent throughout the year (does not wash out) and is well maintained. Be cautious of and respectful of hikers and horse riders.

Customer Service

I prefer to start the trail from the catholic church on Yaqui (the road that runs parallel of Ramsey Canyon Rd just to the North). You add approx 2 miles of easy singletrack that is a nice warmup to the more technical trail in the canyon itself.

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5
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[Oct 26, 2000]
Tony T

My favorite trail. Plenty of jumps and twists. Lots of cookies to avoid. At the end going counter-clockwise, there is a big climb. If you can make it past the "cactus" you're a true mountain biker. I try and get past the cactus every week -- someday.

Customer Service

Go counterclockwise.

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5
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[May 24, 2001]
David Wilson

No matter which way a take this loop, it only takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Usually I make a figure 8 by starting from post and going up Tinker, down Brown, up Ramsey, and back down Brown. Brown is some of the best singletrack around. The rest of the loops are double track.

Customer Service

Your crazy if you DON'T ride this clockwise. This is one of the best downhills the area has to offer. Going up it eliminates a great descent. Try going up "Tinker" (just north of Brown Canyon) on the military post. That climb is steep and fast. It gets you to the top of Brown Canyon faster.

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Wren Arena area...sight of the race course. It needs more riders to smooth out the damage from the horse back riders.

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4
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