Brown's Ranch trailhead is a must-see if you are in the Phoenix area! The former ranch features a myriad of trails looping in and out and in-between the beautiful desert hills in the northeastern outskirts of Scottsdale, AZ. My mother and I did the approximately 3-mile summit loop, the majority of which was very easy to complete. The only exception to this is the last quarter mile up to the top of the hill, which can get fairly steep. However, the 360-degree views of Phoenix and the surrounding areas are very much worth the trek.
The image above is one of my favorite photographs I've taken to date and reminds me how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful world. Even in a dry and dusty desert can true natural beauty be found! Please enjoy this diary of our hike in Brown's Ranch.