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    Ken Burton

    Does anyone know what kind of shape the Ken Burton trail is in off Brown Mtn? I'm thinking of getting a ride there or to Chilao on Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtmistress
    Does anyone know what kind of shape the Ken Burton trail is in off Brown Mtn? I'm thinking of getting a ride there or to Chilao on Sunday.
    I rode it 10/02/05. It was encroached by vegetation and that scratched me up pretty good. There are some loose spots. The last section is collapsed so you'll hike it right down the slide into Oakwilde picnic area. The real problem is the Gabrielino trail, which is what you'll take down back into Arroyo Seco. The area is no longer strictly dry riverbed, as there are now water and vegetation accumulations. The vegetation obscured the exit up the east face of the ravine, and I missed it entirely to end up at the top of the 80-foot man-made waterfall. I backtracked several times, and by that point the sun had already set. Visibility was a problem, and I ended up stepping knee-deep into the fetid water/vegetation pools. I made the choice to scramble up the side of the eastern ravine face in hopes of crossing the trail that would bring me over and down the waterfall. Dragging a bike through dry brush while scrambling through loose dirt and leaves wasn't very fun to say the least. I rolled twice, but did eventually find the trail. There's a longer and stranger story after that, but I'll leave that for another time.

    Some friends who rode from Redbox also had the same problem, but they started earlier in the day, and they ran into hikers coming down said trail over the waterfall.

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    Damn that sounds like an adventure. I would second DtEW's assessment. The Arroyo is totally jacked. The Ken Burton trail is not worth all the hassles of dealing with the Arroyo.

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    Damn that sounds like an adventure. I would second DtEW's assesement. The Arroyo is totally jacked. The Ken Burton trail is not worth all the assels of dealing with the Arroyo.

    Go to Chilao and have fun riding rather than walking.
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    Alrighty then!

    Anyone interesred in doing Chilao with me Sunday? 8:30ish? I get in about 18 fun miles.
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    Gabrieleno Trail

    I read the earlier post about not finding the trail, my friend and I ended up at the huge waterfall at about dusk, we backtracked just like you did, I looked eastern slope where i presumed a trail would pick up at crossing about 100 yards back from the waterfall. it lead to a fire road which is where I presume you found too. we ended up walking our bikes up the fireroad to angeles crest highway entrance/ My feet were soaked too!

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