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Uncle Rico

Ken Burton Trail

Was up at the saddle yesterday where the Ken Burton trail intersects with the Brown Mountain fire road and ran into a couple of Forest Service folks. They had come up the Ken Burton Trail from the Arroyo Seco and said that the trail, although imperfect, was passable the entire way and that its re-opening was imminent. Take that for whatever it's worth.

I didn't think to ask until after they had already left the status of the Gabrieleno Trail through Long Canyon to Switzer. Confused
dima

That is very good to know; thanks. Opens up a number of loops. As for the Gabrielino, from Oakwilde to where the trail leaves Long canyon it's relatively open. There's a bit of brush and some deadfall, but it's very passable overall. I haven't been on the section where the trail traverses between Long canyon and Switzer's, but I heard that's passable as well.
staarkhand

That's outstanding, thanks for the update.  

Ken Burton is literally the first longer loop I ever tried to do in the San Gabes dating back to when I first visited here and didn't realize the maps I was looking at (http://www.foothillflyers.org/reviews/brownmtn.html) were showing trails that hadn't existed or at least been fully open since the station fire.  I literally ran up to the dam, missing the (closed) turn off near Paul Little, looking for Oakwilde about 4 times wondering what was going on.  I also tried from the topside of Ken Burton thinking that way might go through.  I can't wait to finally make it happen, and then I will also set my sights on going through to Switzer.
Sean

staarkhand wrote:
I can't wait to finally make it happen, and then I will also set my sights on going through to Switzer.


I'd focus on going through to Switzer's. Oakwilde is gone.
staarkhand

Sean wrote:
staarkhand wrote:
I can't wait to finally make it happen, and then I will also set my sights on going through to Switzer.


I'd focus on going through to Switzer's. Oakwilde is gone.

So I've heard.  I really just meant finally do that one loop.

Is anyone working on the trail from Oakwilde to Switzer?
Sean

staarkhand wrote:
I really just meant finally do that one loop.

Is anyone working on the trail from Oakwilde to Switzer?


Ah, it's a nice loop. And I recently saw the upper portions of Ken Burton from the highway. It looks well-worked.

I believe a mountain biking crew is working on the Gabrieleno to Switzer's. I did the stretch from Oakwilde to Long Canyon recently. It's coming along nicely.
walker

Ken Burton Trail

Rode my bike to the end of Brown Mt. Road this weekend and was told by a Ranger that the Ken Burton Trail is now open. He was out near the saddle to remove the "off limits" sign, but somebody had already taken it down. Looks like some mtn bikers are already starting to explore the loop. The few I talked to agreed that the KB trail is pretty loose right now and could use a bit more work on the switchbacks, but it's open for travel.
Herping Hiker

I just did it today on foot dang the steepness of that trail wears your legs and feet out after the long trek up Brown Mountain road.

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