Brown Mountain Climber's Log

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Altapeak - Jul 29, 2020 2:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2020

long hike  Sucess!

Started the hike at 7AM from Cheney Rd and made good progress to Tom Sloan Saddle. Only a few people on the trail, and beyond Dawn Mine, I didn't meet a single soul until back down on the fire road. From Tom Sloan on, the trail becomes faint and hard to follow. Spanish Bajonets everywhere, so you need to watch your every step. After the false summits, I reached the top with some great views- from Palos Verdes to San Jacinto. The temperature had reached mid 90s by then and the descent became very hard. Slippery slopes, more yuccas and the constant search for traces of the trail. By the time I reached the fire road, I was already very tired from the bushwhacking, but there were another 5.5 miles ahead. Poles are a must for the off trail portion. Be prepared for this hike, it is a lot more intense than it seems at first sight.


IronHiker - Aug 2, 2015 10:17 pm Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2014

with Bear Canyon  Sucess!

Red Box to Brown, down Bear Canyon to Switzer.

Johnnifer - Jan 20, 2015 12:40 pm Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2015

Loop from Millard CG  Sucess!

Trail climbing out of Millard Canyon to Tom Sloan Saddle in bad condition. Hard to find, but very followable for lower portion. Trail later disappears into steep use trail until TS Saddle. Trail going west from here in very good condition, not overgrown. Took southwest ridge from Brown Mtn to hit Brown Fire Road. Not the path John Robinson describes, but heavily used and followable despite overgrown and steep.


cab - Nov 19, 2012 11:50 am Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2012

From Lake Ave.  Sucess!

Last peak of the day after Echo Mtn. and Muir Peak. It rained for much of the way between Muir Peak and Brown Mountain which pretty much soaked me to the bone and covered up any views to be had. At least it wasn't too cold.


johnm - Jul 15, 2012 8:05 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2012

Via Lower Sam Merrill to Castle Canyon  Sucess!

Went up Lower Sam Merrill to Castle Canyon reaching Inspiration Point. Then took the Mt. Lowe Road to the the Bear Canyon Trail. Roughly 18 miles roundtrip. Been on my list for awhile and didn't disappoint.


orbitor - Apr 5, 2012 6:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

From Switzer via Tom Sloan Saddle  Sucess!

Foggy day, no views from summit but great workout nonetheless.


Ze - Dec 29, 2008 5:38 pm Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2008

Modified Brown Mtn Loop  Sucess!

started on ACH, up Ken Burton, down Bear Canyon, back via arroyo seco, about 14 miles


bechtt - Dec 29, 2008 12:38 am Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2008

Nice loop  Sucess!

Inspired by JMunaretto's trip report. The shortcut down to Oakwilde Campground starts 1.1 miles past the Visitor Center at the beginning of the ACH. From there it's up Brown's NW ridge via the Ken Burton trail and the firebreak and then down to the Tom Sloan saddle via the East Ridge. Returned via the amazing Bear Creek trail.


SoCalHiker - Apr 30, 2008 4:07 pm Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008

East Ridge from Eaton Saddle  Sucess!

Brown Mountain has been on my list for quite some time. Finally hiked up the east ridge from Eaton Saddle. Great views from the top.


mdougherty - Apr 22, 2008 5:39 pm Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008

Via Millard Canyon  Sucess!

Nice early spring hike. Went up Millard Canyon from Sunset Ridge then down the northwest ridge and back on the fire road. Mostly overcast but fun nonetheless.


mdash - Feb 21, 2008 3:21 am Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2008

From Eaton Saddle  Sucess!

Recovering from the flu, so hardly ran at all. To avoid the New Year's Day festivities in Pasadena (parade, traffic, detours), went up from Eaton Saddle. Beautiful day--great start to the year!


BLT - Aug 16, 2007 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2005

Up Millard, down fire road  Sucess!

Did the big loop up Millard Canyon and down the west ridge to the fire road. Brown is a great little mountain that very few people bother to walk up. It's their loss!

Vic Hanson

Vic Hanson - Aug 14, 2007 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2008

Via Millard Canyon  Sucess!

Back in CA for a few weeks and just did this hike again. Millard Canyon was beautiful. Have done both the fire road and the route up Millard Canyon past Dawn Mine to Tom Sloan Saddle, which is my favorite.

David Rosenberg - Mar 28, 2007 5:31 am Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2007

Finally did this one  Sucess!

Have never gotten around to this one. Did it from Eaton Saddle in just over three hours.


Travis_ - Oct 9, 2006 2:29 am Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2006

Brown Mnt. Via Millard Canyon  Sucess!

A great hike up Millard canyon and a scramble down the northwest ridge to the fire road for a great loop.

Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Oct 2, 2006 11:58 pm

Climbed From Various Trailheads

I always enjoy climbing Brown Mountain because of its ridge routes. I've climbed it several times from the various trailheads giving you access: Millard Canyon Campground, Sunset Ridge, Eaton Saddle, and Switzer Picnic Area. It's fun to do a loop going up the east ridge and descending the northwest ridge or vice versa.

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