Ascent of Brown Mountain on 2021-04-01

Climber: Greg Sweel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, April 1, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Brown Mountain
    Elevation:4466 ft / 1361 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another sunrise start on this one. Parked at Eaton Saddle at 6:30 am with 2 other cars already there. Started the hike at 6:40 am around the gated Mt Lowe Motorway, through the Mueller Tunnel and on to Markham Saddle as the sun was rising. Could see Brown Mountain in the distance. Followed the motorway to a hairpin turn and stayed straight west to descend to Tom Sloan Saddle. Continued up the ridgeline as the trail stayed mostly to north side of the ridges. Up and down a few false summits before reaching the large rock cairn. Located the register in the cairn. The breezy santa ana winds had cleared out the LA basin somewhat, however there was still some haze in the distance, but views extended to Catalina Island. Returned the same way. Saw no others on the way in, but encountered 2 mountain bikers as they came down the motorway, and then about six hikers just east of Markham Saddle starting their hikes. Arrived back to the car at 11:40 am with 5 cars now in the parking area. It had been quite some time since I'd driven up the Angeles Crest Highway, but will return again soon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3124 ft / 951 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3124 ft / 951 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
52 degrees at start, 65 degrees at end
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Loss on way in:1524 ft / 464 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Mt Lowe Motorway to firebreak
    Start Trailhead:Eaton Saddle/Mt Lowe Motorway  5090 ft / 1551 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:1600 ft / 487 m
    Gain on way out:2224 ft / 677 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Mt Lowe Motorway to firebreak
    End Trailhead:Eaton Saddle/Mt Lowe Motorway  5090 ft / 1551 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes

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