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Brown Mountain Road

Intermediate
 4.3 (4)

Rolling fire road with views over Pasadena and LA.


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4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

Point to Point

2,906' 886 m

High

1,859' 567 m

Low

1,238' 377 m

Up

191' 58 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

You can access the Brown Mountain road by parking at Millard Campground and heading past the campgrounds and up the obvious dirt road, or by parking on the East side of JPL in the parking lot on Windsor Avenue. From here, follow the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail for about a mile, then stay right and take either the Fern Truck Trail or El Prieto until it joins with Brown Mountain.

Brown Mountain fire road contours along Brown Mountain, providing views of Pasadena and LA. Although it's never too steep, it gains considerable elevation. Overall it feels quite remote for how close it is to the city and makes a nice connector between other trails in the area. Past the Brown Mountain saddle (where the trail meets with Fern Truck Trail), the terrain gets a bit rougher and after a few miles, it ends on a ridge.

The Ken Burton Trail connects this point to the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail, making a nice loop back towards JPL.

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Justin Jasper

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 4 votes

#2

in Arroyo Seco

#9732

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Photos

Sunset on Brown Mountain Road.
Mar 13, 2019 near Altadena, CA
Brown Mountian Road. Thanks for the photo Mike!
Mar 13, 2019 near La Caña…, CA
Top of El Prieto Trail before you start hiking the saddle
Mar 30, 2020 near La Caña…, CA
View at at the Junction of Fern Truck and Brown Mountain Trail. There are two benches to appreciate the view.
Mar 30, 2020 near La Caña…, CA
One of the many reasons I love running and hiking up Brown Mountain Road is the view of my neighborhood.
Mar 13, 2019 near La Caña…, CA
The view south towards Altadena from the Brown Mountain Saddle.
Mar 13, 2019 near La Caña…, CA

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Jun 14, 2020
Marcella W
Wide beg. Singletrack starts after 1/3 way. Lots of bikers; no space to step aside. Some but not much shade. Would not come back. 5.2mi — 2h 04m
Mar 10, 2019
Alexander Bermudez