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Ascent of Brown Mountain on 2019-10-20

Climber: Joshua Cuzzone

Date:Sunday, October 20, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brown Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4466 ft / 1361 m

Ascent Trip Report

We originally planned to do the Brown Mountain Peak loop from Millard campground, but with a Red Flag warning, Chaney Trail Road was closed to cars - but still open for hiking in. So we began from Loma Alta Road which is the reason for the added mileage. After climbing Chaney Trail, we continued onto Mt Lowe Road and onto Sunset Ridge trail. From here we veered off to the left onto the Dawn Mine Trail. Once at the Tom Sloan saddle we veered onto the narrow trail heading towards Brown Mountain. This trail follows the ridge line predominantly, except for a few excursions that traverse under the ridge line. The trail here is clear and defined from foot traffic. Although exposed at times (the traverse under the ridge line), the trail is very much accessible. Along the ridge line there is a low class 2 scramble. It is well protected and not exposed. The remainder of the ridge line hike to the Brown Mountain Summit has some more loose up and downs, before reaching the main ridge line of Brown Mountain which is rather smooth with limited vegetation.

Descending towards the saddle that marks the junction of Brown Mountain Road and the Ken Burton trail becomes a bit more tricky. There is much more vegetation and brush, however, there are visible paths to follow. The main trail descends the ridge line losing ~ 1600 feet of elevation in ~2.1 miles. For the most part it is not bad. I would highly recommend hiking poles, as that helped to keep things steady. The path can be loose at times.

Before getting to the junction, there is one last steep descent which veers right down the ridge line, before traversing back towards the water tower above the Ken Burton/Brown Mountain Road junction.

From this junction, the remainder of the hike follows Brown Mountain Road to Millard Campground on well graded and well traveled double and single track trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4468 ft / 1361 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16.1 mi / 25.9 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4468 ft / 1361 m
    Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Start Trailhead:-2 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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