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  Dawn Mine  
Trail - Dawn Mine
2006-03-26  
08:58 am
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Area Los Angeles
Address 3600 Chaney Trl, Altadena, CA 91001
Elevation 620.00 m ( 2000 ft )
Change 496.00 m ( 1600 ft )
Distance 9.01 km ( 5.60 miles )
Difficulty Strenuous
Lat / Long 34.214, -118.1477
Special instructions   Those passing by the "ranch" are welcome to car pool with us.
Those that don't know where the ranch is simply need email me.
Those that don't know my email are not members of this site.
Those that are not members of this site need to ask yourself...do you feel lucky?

Bring a snack, and water!


Directions  From interstate 210, exit Lincoln Ave. north.
Drive north for 3km (2 miles), to Loma Alta Drive, turn right (east).
Go exactly 1km (.6 miles) east on Loma Alta, and turn left on Chaney Trial.
Drive up just 300 meters. Park in front of the giant plant nursery.

We will drive to the trial head in those cars that have State Park permits.

The Good  You will feel this hike the next day.
Amazing view. Stunning river bed, giant acorns, an actual mine (small).


The Bad  You will feel this hike the next day.

Where  Altadena, sort of north of Pasadena.

Notes  Three are two hike trails that start from the same place. This one, and the second one called the Mt. Lowe Railway Bed.

This trail is tough. There is a little bit of climbing included. You have been warned.


Dawn Mine, one of the San Gabriel Mountains' most promising gold prospects, worked from 1895 through the 1950s?

And what about Millard Canyon Falls, a 50-foot waterfall on the south wall of Millard Canyon, just 2 miles west-norh-west of our usual hiking trail --- the Sam Merrill Trail -- up Echo Mountain.... the hike we call "Mt. Lowe"?

Did you think the Cape of Good Hope refers only to an ocean inlet marking the border of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans off Cape Town in South Africa? Actually, the Cape of Good Hope also refers to a rocky knob that appears on the Dawn Mine trail at its east-most point, where it intersects with the Sunset Ridge Fire Road.

That's also the point where the trail intersects with the former Mt. Lowe Railway Bed. A half mile later, and the Dawn Mine trail will take us down into Millard Canyon. The trail is a reworked, primitive version of the original mule trail used to haul ore from the Dawn Mine, on mules, up to the railway bed.

This section of the trail involves "shady and gloomy" canyon, flotsam and jetsam from the mining days, the actual gaping entrance to the mine's lower shaft, crystalline mini-pools, and around the bend, a private cabin, before rejoining Sunset Ridge Fire Road.
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Hike Dates
 
Past hikes
Oct 19th, 2008        Jun 8th, 2008   (4)Nov 18th, 2007        Apr 15th, 2007   (5)Mar 26th, 2006   (5)
Feb 19th, 2006   (11)Dec 4th, 2005        
 
Some photos from this hike
Dawn Mine
3/26/2006
 
 
Dawn Mine
3/26/2006
 
 
Dawn Mine
3/26/2006
 
 
Dawn Mine
3/26/2006
 
 
Dawn Mine
3/26/2006
 
 
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