We figured it would be a safe bet to head out early & get off the trails by 11a. There was some recent chatter about new trails being developed on the northern fringe of the Brown's Ranch trail system. Jeff, Nancy & Arturo were all game for a little exploration, not to mention it was Arturo's first time on any of the BR trails. Shame on you. Plus, my wrist was still bothering me and I knew the Brown's Ranch trails were tame by Phoenix standards. It would be a good test for it.
Our main goal was to first find the new stuff, but take a fun route getting there. Maverick & Cholla Mtn trails were the obvious choice. A short connector on a defunct Pima/Dynamite system trail led us to the new swath of dirt.
We figured we'd just ride the new stuff westbound and return. What we found were a few new trails crisscrossing the desert.
|While new trails are nice, we're still hopeful that some technical features will find their way into Brown's Ranch.|
|Let me drive this thing, I see some rocks over there!!|
|Great friends and beating the weather.|
Don't get me wrong, I love Brown's Ranch, it's fast, flowy and very scenic Sonoran desert riding. A nice change to some of the other local punishing rides we have in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of dirt sidewalk miles close to the trailhead now, so it's time to up the skill level for the trails farther away, we want it. Build it!!
I was also pleased with how my wrist fared, onto the next test.
Here's our route from the day, new stuff is in the upper left.