Jane Rau Brown's Canyon Trail - Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike near Scottsdale, Arizona
~30301 N Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, USA,Scottsdale,Arizona
33.76106881, -111.84235847
19.1 miles N of Scottsdale, Arizona
Address: ~30301 N Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, USA
GPS: 33°45'39.8"N 111°50'32.5"W
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State: Arizona
Trail Length: 0.60 miles
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain: 39 feet

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The Jane Rau Brown Canyon Trail was named after Jane Rau Brown, one of the pioneers of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, for her determination and passion in preserving the desert and the park. This trail is a short, easy 0.6 mile loop trail, that gives you just a quick look of the Sonoran Preserve.

The trail is wide and semi-paved, and is intended to serve as an educational resource; there are many interpretive plaques set up that teach about the desert as well as Jane's activism and vision. This is a great trail for families with children, as well as for those in wheelchairs. 

At the beginning of the hike there are bathrooms with water fountains, and a covered picnic area/amphitheater. Along the trail you can see Brown's Mountain, saguaros (some have the inside exposed to see how these cacti function), and Pinnacle Peak. 

 

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
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Directions

From Scottsdale, Arizona

  1. Head north on N Scottsdale Rd toward E Indian School Rd (276 ft)
  2. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto E Indian School Rd (2.2 mi)
  3. Turn left to merge onto AZ-101 Loop N (10.5 mi)
  4. Take exit 36 to merge onto N Pima Rd toward Princess Dr (0.5 mi)
  5. Turn right to stay on N Pima Rd (0.7 mi)
  6. Keep right to stay on N Pima Rd (6.0 mi)
  7. Turn right onto E Dynamite Blvd (2.9 mi)
  8. Turn left onto N Alma School Pkwy
    Partial restricted usage road
    Destination will be on the right
    (1.4 mi)
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Jane Rau Brown Trail courtesy of OTC {Okanogan Trail Construction} Jane Rau Brown Trail  courtesy of OTC {Okanogan Trail Construction}↗
The Jane Rau Trail at Brown's Ranch Trailhead by Scottsdale Arizona Brown's Ranch trails... McDowell Sonoran Preserve  by MrNickStriker

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