Arizona Hiking Gallery
Brown's Mountain
McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, AZ
December 3, 2017
Gallery contains 24 photos
Gallery last updated: 12/24/2017

This hike was a 5 mile clockwise loop hike in the Northern Region of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve using the Upper Ranch, Brown's Mountain and Brown's Ranch Road trails.

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South side of Brown's Mountain from Upper Ranch Trail.

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Brown's Mountain from Upper Ranch Trail.

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Cone Mountain from Upper Ranch Trail. The cactus in left foreground is Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa) and the yucca to the right is Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata).

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Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) frame Cone Mountain from Upper Ranch Trail.

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A view Cholla Mountain and Granite Mountain across the desert from Brown's Mountain Trail.

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Wands of Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) reach skyward with on the slopes of Brown's Mountain..

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(Agave toumeyana) with stalks.

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California Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus) among (Agave toumeyana).

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Population of (Agave toumeyana).

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(Agave toumeyana).

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(Agave toumeyana) and Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii).

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Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) surveys Cholla Mountain and the desert scene below.

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(Agave toumeyana) stalk.

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A view across the desert through (Agave toumeyana) stalks.

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Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) line the slopes of Brown's Mountain.

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) canes rise above Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii).

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) canes rise above Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii).

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View to the south from the summit of Brown's Mountain with Pinnacle Peak on the right.

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Cone Mountain from the summit of Brown's Mountain.

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Cholla Mountain and Granite Mountain from the summit of Brown's Mountain.

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii).

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Volcanic tuff on the east flank of Brown's Mountain.

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Brown's Mountain is a composed of a layer of volcanic basalt along with a layer of volcanic tuff (the lighter colored layer on the right).

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Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa) on the left and Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) on the right.

All images Copyright ©2017 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.