Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Dawn Mine trail

This is a great trail for a hot day as most of the trail is shaded. You start off in the sun, and then walk down into the canyon and hop rocks up stream.
dawn mine hike trail

We hiked for about 1.75 miles til we got to the waterfall, and then headed back. I didn't see any trace of the mine itself, although I have seen it before. Just couldn't find it this time around.
the falls near dawn mine

It's not too difficult, although you do have to keep your balance often, since there are a lot of rocks to jump once you get to the creek.
sam and rita on the waterfall

shady trail

a makeshift bridge

rita's lopsided backpack

Beautiful view of the San Gabriel hills!
dawn mine hike panorama

To get to this hike, you'll drive to Chaney Trail (from Loma Alta Drive in Altadena). Follow the road til you get to the second gate (you'll probably see other cars parked here). Follow the trail about 1/2 a mile til there is a small dirt path on your left. Follow that trail down into the canyon and once you get to the creek, keep following the creek upstream. There are several times where you might lose the path, just keep going upstream.
Another route: If you drive too far, you'll go down the hill to a huge parking lot. This apparently goes to the same trail. However, I've never taken this route, so don't take my word for it. I found another blog that has a pretty good write up: and it also talks about the details of getting to the mine.

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