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Ken Burton Trail

Average Rating:    (4.16 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 19

I've known that the trail existed, but couldn't find out any information on it. Now I know why. DON'T TAKE THIS TRAIL UNLESS YOU ARE ADVANCED OR STUPID! The trail is steep singletrack switchbacks with the mountain on your left elbow and a cliff to the right. While extremely exciting, I experienced many moments where I had to push the bike in front of me rather than ride. I think a FS would be required for this trail (yes, I am in the "stupid" category). Big concerns are that there are many spots where the trail is washed out with simply nothing to support it. I'd get up there to help fix it, but I don't think I ever want to go there again!
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Latitude
34.232099693847886
Longitude
-118.16718578338623
Trail Directions
Start at the JPL parking lot. Head up the lower Brown Mtn. fire road and continue to upper Brown Mtn. (total about 6.5 miles to this point). The Ken Burton Trail begins at the far end of the Brown Mtn. clearing and connects you to the Oakwilde campground on the Gabrielino trail.
Trail Length
Approx. 2 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Altadena
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Review Date
November 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: carrerars ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode up to Tim Burton trail today, the path is there but its not
rideable due to overgrowth of brush, I walked it an hour in and the trail ended before the switch backs. At the end of the trail it just stopped,
from looking around there was no path to go down the mountain side.



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Review Date
June 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Irish Red ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I took a ride up to this trail today, but was sadly disappointed. When I got to the trail head you could barely see the trail. It was way overgrown. I left the bike and walked down a few feet and it didn't get any better. I ended up doing el prieto instead. On the way back down I ran into someone who said something happened, I'm not sure rock slide or what, and the entire section that used to be switchbacks on ken burton has turned into a sheer cliff. He mentioned a possibility of some trail work happening, but had no definite time. On the other hand el prieto, not sure if I'm spelling that right but you know what I mean, was amazing.

I had a picture of the trail head, but I cant see any way to post a picture

Recommended Route:
Up the fire road and down el Prieto

Other recommended trails in the same area:
El Prieto



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Review Date
May 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dick slessig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I love this trail. It's definitely not for beginners and you definitely want to be prepared for backcountry riding as it does take you about as deep as a 2-3 hour ride possibly can. It's pretty sparsly travelled, which means it can get pretty feral depending on the time of year. That being said, this ride packs about as much adventure as a city dweller can hope for in the allotted time frame. A long slog up the fire road leads to a singletrack shangri-la: rocky, technical, switchbacky descent with some wicked fast, tight sections leading to a long canyon bottom exit full of crrek crossings, baby heads, log jumps, etc.. A delicious variety of terrain, all in all. I've ridden this ride on every kind of bike except full suspension, so anyone who says you need it is a certifiable wuss.



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Review Date
May 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pumbaxc ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
After I missed the right turn to go up the fire road, and rode 3 miles up Ken Burton the hard way, I realized my mistake and came down...now the real ride begins...

the climb up Brown mountain road was as fun as a fireroad climb can be. Not too steep, firm, decent view.
The descent down had a lot of switchbacks that i couldn't ride, but overall it was nothing scary. I'd have to agree with the previous reviewers when they say that the last part of the trail needs some work.
Way too many water crossings and washed out parts of the trail. If it weren't such a dry rain year, I would have definitely been walking through knee high water a bunch of times. Overall sill a good ride.



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Review Date
July 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: countmordor ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I started Riding this trail about 10 Years ago. It's great and you definetly don't need body armor. Front suspension will help or just ride with your butt over your rear wheel. I used to ride it in a fully rigid 40 pound bike. It's a great trail and far enough to prevent all the Kook trafic and Testosterone full body armor crowd...I just have to laugh when I see these silly Macho Men with all armor and sky gogles to go down these single track trails. You think they are going to descend down Everest.... MTB is about the physical work to climb the Mountain and the technical ability to hug the trail down... Meanwhile, this trail is great to advance physical fitnes and technical skills.



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