Ascent of Brown Mountain on 2019-12-14

Climber: Robert Luher

Date:Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brown Mountain
    Elevation:4466 ft / 1361 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the neighborhood at the north end of Lake Avenue off I-210.

Hiked into the Cobb Estate heading east along the fence line, crossing a shallow canyon and then up the switchbacks on the east slope of the canyon on the Sam Merril Trail. This trail is well maintained, but with little to no shade, best to avoid this peak in the heat of summer. After 3 miles, reached a trail junction taking the short path to Echo Mountain. I could not find a register anyway near the high point and with no view available due to the low clouds, I returned to the trail junction and headed up the Castle Canyon trail 2 miles to Inspiration Point (which is a covered concrete patio with benches and picnic tables).

From here, I headed another half mile to the southeast on the dirt road toward Muir Mountain. The use trail to the summit was signed and the trail well maintained. Found and signed the register and enjoyed the first view of the day of Mount Wilson. Returned along the same route to the dirt road and back to Inspiration Point.

Continued north along the dirt road, past the turnoffs for Sam Merril Trail and Mount Lowe Campground, eventually turning west along the Tom Sloan Trail leading to the saddle of the same name after 2 miles. This trail was well maintained with the first half mile in the shade and the balance in the open along a steep slope.

The Tom Sloan Saddle is a major trail junction, with trails leading north, south, east, and west. I took the ridge line use trail west toward Brown Mountain for 1.5 miles before reaching the barren summit. I continued past the summit to bag Peak 4406 and then back to Brown Mountain where I signed the soggy register. I returned along the same route back to the saddle, but hiked to Peak 4388 along the way.

From the saddle took the Tom Sloan Trail to the dirt road and then down Sam Merril Trail to Echo Mountain and down the trail from there to the Cobb Estate.
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