From the parking area coordinates, we'll descend the Altadena Crest trail toward the Gabrielino Trail (north) and cross the Arroyo Seco more than 6 times before reaching mile 5.5 (Oakwilde Campground) at which point we will ascend the Ken Burton trail (east). At mile 7.75, we'll reach the Ken Burton Trail Junction and continue up the eastern ridge line toward Brown Mountain. This cross country segment to the peak will be the toughest part of our day. It is overgrown and steep. Be careful of Yucca, and Buckthorn and do your best to avoid causing rockfall as it may be a hazard to those that are behind you.
After a long break atop Brown Mountain to enjoy the views of Alta Dena and beyond, we will continue east along the ridge. The brush will be more manageable once we reach the peak and begin descending toward Tom Sloan saddle where the trail returns. Heading south from this junction brings us into the lower portion of the Grand Canyon and eventually into Millard Canyon. We'll take a quick peak at the now closed Dawn Mine before continuing further along the creek toward Chaney trail, a popular equestrian/mountain biking path for the locals. Finally we will finish at Loma Alta Park where the group leads will find a picnic table to share a cold beer over the excursion! See you out there.
[Map of the meet location.]