Brown Mountain/El Prieto Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Altadena, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
WARNING: someone broke into my car and another hiker's car at the parking lot just south of Ventura on Windsor. The break-in occurred between 4pm and 8pm on Sept. 17. There are apparently a lot of break-ins at the lot, so make sure to hide your valuables if you park there.
As for the trail, it was an enjoyable and moderately challenging hike (I went counterclockwise). There's shade in some parts but in other areas there's direct sun. I can imagine it getting extremely hot during the day during the summer months. Also, be on the lookout for mountain bikers (the trail is full of them).
Next time I plan on making the trek all the up way to Brown Mountain.
Nice trail and great views.
You get it all with this loop- forested single track, fireroad and decent elevation gain to the saddle. Parking at end of West Altadena Dr. saves some time and gets you closer to the start of the climb. Popular with the mountain bikers too; but plenty of room for all. Nice city views too.
Such pretty wild flowers and wonderful views make this one of my local favorites. What out for the mountain bikes flying down the training and sitting in poison oak and all will be well.