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Brown Mountain - Ken Burton Trail


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dandrews05/23/21Wow, great ride with Jimmy. The entire trail is in great shape, even the Ken Burton portion. Thanks for mentioning it Franchi. 
FRANCHI05/20/21Perfect day for MTB- Fresh breeze with overcast sky. Last time I climbed up Brown Mountain was in 2014. At that time the Ken Burton Trail was closed. Now is open and rideable. My first time descending and riding the 7 miles of Ken Burton Trail. It is my kind of ride. 
camdjkim07/15/11 
jzm 317210/27/09don't go up. crazy wind. if you do have mask & goggles. really nasty.strong gust & you could barely see. peace 
jzm 317209/16/09good ride mt. really washed out in some parts. alot of death. alot of ash. best to ride next spring. also saw a big rattlesnake had at least 7 or 8 rattles still alive. peace 
Ladera Dave01/10/09We had 8 riders, Steve,Bob & Alan showed up from North Ranch boys, Norm, Phil, Al & Alan's wife strong rider's. We got wet twice, very nice trail work done.No problems at all. 
davidB.12/10/08overgrown. Arms warmers would have doubled as protection today. Gets dark and cold on the Gab, especially after a couple dips in the flowing river. 
davidB.09/16/08First time down KB. First impressions: ugh. Pretty overgrown. Switchbacks owned my ass. Got lost a couple times in the river bed even with turn by turn directions. PO everywhere! Just wanted to get back to the car asap. Sign me up for the next trail maintenance day there. Cant remember how many times I crossed over that dang river bed. 
RollnStone06/01/08The Ken Burton singletrack is in good shape and not too overgrown. The exposed edge of the trail is very loose so stay close to the uphill side. If you don't like stream crossings (with lots of boulders), this is not the trail for you. Many were ride-able, but I stalled out in sand and ended up in knee deep water on one stream. Great scenery. 
JoeTruth02/13/08Ken Burton is in great shape. The Aroyo, on the other hand, wasn't as good of shape. Lots of deep (unridable) water crossings, sandy areas and complete trail erosion in some parts. You might want to wait on this one for a bit. Lots of snow melt coming down still. 
JoeTruth02/13/08 
ka0t1c0701/27/08Got one in b4 mother nature gets me good. 
SprocketHead12/30/07Sweet ST decent on Ken Burton, first time on it. 
SlowSpokes12/30/07Awesome! 
CBScofield12/23/07The stream is frigid!!! 
bikemech200106/06/07Very clean. Recent trail maint. done. Still got p. oak on my legs. met some old friends and made a new one. 
CTrask06/03/07Becuase of Geoladders, I rode with mark1890 today. He's a childhood friend I hadn't seen in 30 years. Great seeing you again mark, and meeting your son and friend Chris. 
evilbawb06/03/07lots of bushes in the beginning and challenging switchbacks 
mark189006/03/07single track in great shape.first ride with craig t.in over 30 years.thanks geoladders! 
BGJ22305/24/07Single track switch backs can get scary at times because of loose leafs and sand. Some areas the plants are growing into the trail. 
ka0t1c0704/29/07Ken Burton Single track is nice. Trail work there is excellent. Get ready for small scratches from hanging branches. 
mthomas01/19/07Several river crossings is a bit annoying but downhill singletrack is fun. Brush can scratch up your legs slightly and watch out for the poison oak. 
dlm11/28/06Brushy, bring long sleeve. Pay attention to rocks marking trail along creek. 
singletrack10/23/06Must have had trailwork done recently 
kernel06/18/06Never saw much trail, but the bush was epic. 
CoffeeBlack04/28/06turned around due to low tire pessure. 
mwesolow03/27/06What a great ride: gorgeous climb. Singletrack was getting pretty overgrown and tough to maneuver through branches at some points. Bottom few miles were ridiculous with stream crossings--very wet conditions. 
Cranx11/11/05This is the second half of what was supposed to be Strawberry Peak-JPL. Instead (once we passed the loop at Switzer) it turned into Switzer to 50 creek crossings, to a 100ft cliff, back across the creek crossings, up the Ken Burton trail (REALLY steep and overgrown), to Brown Mtn Rd. Murmur, TRB, Joe Crouch and I all thought we were - literally - going to have to be found by search and rescue teams. Crazy day but what an adventure. 
superjoe11/11/05Survival hike out of an erased JPL trail, yikes! 
TRB11/11/05this ended up being a survival route........thought we were going to be unintentionally camping. 
Murmur11/11/05See comments from CranxOC, Joe Crouch and TRB. Brutal climb up Ken Burton. 
marcorl09/10/05Not exactly what I would call fun...slow going for me meant hiking my bike through the creek bed, not sure where the trail is, for about 2 miles 
mpc35008/11/05This is a ride of opposites. Long boring wide trail uphill. Very narrow overgrown brush downhill with impossible switchbacks. Getting through the dry riverbank at the bottom is slow going. 
Cycling Escapes06/30/05Trail overgrown, bring long sleeved shirt. Washed out at bottom. 
Singular05/03/05It was hot on this day! 

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