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Brown Mountain Exploratory

12 Miles 2500 Feet Elevation Gain. This hike will also visit Dawn Mine an interesting stop about halfway to the summit. This is an advanced hike.

From Loma Alta Drive in Altadena, turn north on Chaney Trail Drive and follow in to the junction atop Sunset Ridge; turn right and park outside the locked gate of Sunset Ridge Fire Rd.

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  • iLedy

    (This is a website summitpost.org that I came across.)

    http://www.summitpost.org/brown-mountain/231294

    This is what's posted because I know some of us were uncertain of its status.

    "NOTE: At long last, access to this peak is once more available after having been closed off since the greatly destructive "Station" fire that ravaged the San Gabriel Mountains in August and September of 2009."

    January 27, 2013

    • Andrew

      Thanks Ledy!

      January 28, 2013

  • iLedy

    It didn't dawn on me until I read some of the reviews and comments from another hike that they encountered mud on the trails, and we didn't. Another reason we had a beautiful hike.

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me clarify, the hike down from Brown Mt. looks like 6.5 miles for a total of 11-12 mile trip as Andrew stated in the meet up.

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For the path we took my topo map program came up with 13-14 miles with 5000' evaluation gain. If we were able to see the trail down from Brown Mt. it would have been a 11-12 miles trip. For what it's worth the map shows 2 trail between the saddle and Mt. Lowe. To find the shorter trail we needed to follow the Bear Cyn trail a short distance although the hike on the fire road would have been longer. I enjoyed the hike and company. Looking forward to future hikes with this group.

    January 27, 2013

  • rosa

    I completely agree with Ledy and Bernie. Thanks Andrew.

    January 27, 2013

  • "BERNIE"

    Thank you Andrew. This was an excellent hike. A beautiful trail with fabulous hikers.

    January 27, 2013

  • Andrew

    I thought this hike was really great, couldn't have asked for more...except visibility! Thanks to all who came! Especially the trail finders Andrew and Dave.

    January 26, 2013

  • iLedy

    Once again, Bernie's anti-rain dance worked. The day turned out to be such a beautiful day for a hike. The hike had everything -- beauty, trail, off-trail, scrambling, bouldering, climbing, water, waterfalls, etc. We couldn't have had a better weather because I think any other day would have made this hike a bit uncomfortable especially when we had so many different options. Andrew, thank you once again, and as always, great seeing you, and thanks for joining us for post hike pizza and beer. It turned out to be an enjoyable day. Thank you! Looking forward to the next hike.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Andrew

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Yoon m.

    We made it. Hope you guys come down safely. Thank all of you guys :-)

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Dave B.

    Sorry I had to bail guys... never had my back flare up on a hike before, although maybe it's because I slept poorly on it. I was glad i left when i did, and I was very happy to make the road, and even happier to get to my car. I sense a Dr visit and physical therapy in my near future. I hope you are celebrating at the top right now.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Andrew

    Looks to be pretty dry outside...and the radar maps show the bulk of the storm has moved east!

    January 26, 2013

  • iLedy

    It's supposed to stop raining by 4:00a.

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • "BERNIE"

    Dance Dance the Anti-Rain Dancer!!!

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • "BERNIE"

    Alan you can't dance. Your not an American Indian!!!!

    January 25, 2013

  • timothy f.

    I am uncertain if I will make it tomorrow. How much time to complete hike? I have another committment tomorrow afternoon.
    I am also a bit slow... also not having done a hike this long at elevation gain.

    January 25, 2013

    • Andrew

      Timothy, this will be take appox. 7-8 hours if we complete the whole hike. You may want to sit this one out as it is an advanced hike on poor trails.

      January 25, 2013

  • Yoon m.

    Is restroom available there? :-l

    January 25, 2013

    • Alan

      Bushes.....

      January 25, 2013

    • Andrew

      Yoon, no restrooms sorry.

      January 25, 2013

  • Andrew

    As of now ...the hike is still on for tomorrow. If rain is heavy though in the morning I'll cancel it. The route we will take depends on conditions tomorrow. Certainly, everyone should be prepared for wet weather (rain gear, poncho, warm clothes, gloves, etc.)

    1 · January 25, 2013

    • Alan

      How To A Rain Dance

      1. Never do a rain dance on a hill.
      2. Make sure you have a lot of room so you
      don't run into anything.
      3. Spin around in clockwise circles.
      4. Make up your own rain chant. It should be rythmical
      and easy to say fast.
      5. Yell your rain chant while spinning around in circles.
      6. If you are trying to get rid of rain, spin in
      counterclockwise circles and say your chant backwards.

      January 25, 2013

    • Alan

      ANTI that!

      January 25, 2013

  • Yoon m.

    Are we still hiking if rain tomorrow?

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope we can go up the canyon! I really want to revisit that way, and go up the overgrown way to Tom Sloane Saddle. What do you think?

    January 25, 2013

  • Dave B.

    note: if this upcoming storm deposits a lot of water, i think it's wise to avoid the canyon portion. fortunately, going up the fire-road to the ridge is pretty nice after a rain, so that's an option.

    January 23, 2013

  • Yoon m.

    What's is the speed? Is this fast pase?

    January 7, 2013

    • Dave B.

      By necessity, nobody is going run much of this hike. Rock obstacles, falling tree hazards, much crosscountry, and some exposure on Brown Mtn ridge are what make this hike advanced, IMO.

      January 8, 2013

    • Yoon m.

      Thank you, Dave. It makes more sense to me now :-)

      January 8, 2013

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