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Brown Mountain & Mt Lowe via ACH, Ken Burton Trial

  • Dec 20, 2008 · 8:30 AM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful

    December 22, 2008

  • Shashank

    Good hike, with hard ascents and looong flats in between. Searching for the trail on steep snow coverd slope a little daunting but in retrospect good fun, although i still have pieces of Yucca embedded in me.

    December 22, 2008

  • Véro

    "Absolutely lovely"!

    December 21, 2008

  • John Q.

    lol, ze and guido, you guys hike together too much. now you're even writing the same things.

    December 20, 2008

  • Guido

    Awesome loop. Nice snow hiking on Brown Mountain ridge. Bear Canyon was absolutely lovely. Last 800 feet ascent after already 14 miles of hiking was a great finish.

    December 20, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    14 miles, ~ 5000 ft. Steep, unmaintained uphill climbs, steady downhill. Dealt with some nice snow across the top of Brown Mountain's ridge to Tom Sloane saddle. Decided to make a loop of the hike, did not go to Lowe but went down the Bear Canyon trail, which was absolutely lovely with snow and fresh water flowing through the creek. Met up with Switzer trail, then Gabrielino trail, made it back to Oakwilde, then finished the final 800 ft killer ascent to the ACH. awesome!

    December 20, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I wasn't there this morning, I thought the Meetup time was 9:30, not 8:30.

    December 20, 2008

  • Guido

    no I did not hike. I was just driving up ACH.

    December 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    guido, excellent! thanks for scouting. did you hike in the area?

    December 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    this is an advanced hike, likely too much for a beginner. sorry

    December 19, 2008

  • Guido

    I was at the Twin Canyon this morning and there seems to be no snow at all on the ridge up to Brown Mountain. I could not see further to Lowe but up to Brown everything was green. The hike down to Oakwilde from ACH seems fun....

    December 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    yeah I know. i put that up initially but knew we'd have to take the twin canyon route.

    does anyone know what the snow conditions look like on brown?

    December 19, 2008

  • Guido

    Joe, I think we should definitely try to go up Brown Mountain on the route you suggested. I was reading on the other forum that Dark Canyon via CCC ridge may be washed out.

    December 18, 2008

  • John Q.

    The snow up at inspiration isn't all that thick. Really scattered but condensed patches. you could still see rock and dirt. the path looking up to Mt. Lowe on the other hand looks pretty white.

    December 18, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the hike still meeting at the Angeles Crest Rideshare and is it okay to wear normal hiking shoes? I'm not really sure what to do if its not.

    December 18, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    yup, i've done that trail before, dawn mine is nice. but i'd like to check out this trail. however, i may just have to totally switch and do something in Santa Monict mtns with all the snow in san gabs

    December 18, 2008

  • Guido

    Another possible loop (probably less mileage and elevation but I am not sure) is from Millard Canyon via Dawn Mine to Tom Sloane saddle. Then further west up to Brown Mountain. Head back east to Sloane and further to Lowe. From Lowe down to Inspiration Point and back via Sam Merril trail and Sunset Ridge trail to Millard Canyon.

    December 17, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    if the ranger's aren't full of it (which may be the case once in a blue moon) and snow is down to 3,000 ft, we may have to modify the plans. i would just say in any case, you should wear shoes expecting them to either get some snow or water on them

    December 17, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    No I think we will be below snowfall (at least currently), we'll see what happens in the next few days.

    December 17, 2008

  • Shashank

    Do we need any special snow equipment? or plain old shoes will do.

    December 17, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to start at A or B, off the ACH. descend down 800 ft to Oakwilde, pick up ken burton trail heading east. hit fire road, then take ridge up to Brown Mt. continue east down ridge, hit tom sloane saddle, then head up to mt lowe. for the return i'm not sure. can make it out and back, or loop. but not sure yet how to combine other trails and how long.

    for example, we could descend toward dawn mine at sloane saddle, then get to millard campground, then take some trails to oakwild,

    December 17, 2008

  • John Q.

    you could do the santa anita ridge up to the toll road, connect with yale, head down the west ridge of yale, and then take the toll road back to manzanita ridge and go down winter creek trail through chantry flats and check out the waterfalls. But if there are heavy rains, you may get your feet wet crossing the creeks in chantry.

    December 14, 2008

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