Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Canada Flintridge, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.4 miElevation gain656 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWaterfall
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of February 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices.

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Tilert Heather
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Great shady trail for kids and dogs!

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AllTrails User
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Backpacking

Excellent one for the dogs. https://youtu.be/UoN-ZQU2BBM

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DONALD ANDERSON
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Hiking

Great hike. Long but easy. Crowded for a Thursday.

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Caro Salvatierra
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it was not hard at all! you definitely need warerproof hiking shoes because you need to cross some of the creekside to get to the waterfall.

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Lisa Maurath
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This morning was warm and beautiful. As always, light traffic on the way in, but lots of bikers, runners and walkers on the way back. Wild blueblossoms were in abundance, accented here and there by yellow California bush poppies. Here's some botanical background: "Blueblossom (Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus), a member of the California lilac family, is an evergreen shrub that is common in the West Coast region of the United States. The flower clusters on this plant are tightly grouped into balls and colors range from purple and white to light blue and dark blue. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus can grow more than 20 feet tall." (Wikipedia) I was also inspired to do some canine research based on a startling encounter with a humongous black dog: "The Giant Schnauzer is the largest of the three Schnauzer breeds. They have a commanding appearance and rugged build. But their stoic demeanor is belied by the twinkle in their eyes, hinting at their playful nature." So - nothing to fear... And lastly, an inspired quote from John Muir "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

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Nick Amrhein
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Cindy Voong
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FERNANDO GARCIA
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Johnny Garcia
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great trail , dogs allowed , nice waterfall.

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Akshara A
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Venkata Poosarla
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Great

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Paulina B
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Hiking

Pretty crowded and lots of mountain bikers, kids and dogs on the weekends. Still a nice hike and not too far from the city. I am rehabbing a knee injury so the nice easy grade incline was great to stretch my legs, but nothing steep enough to aggravate my injury.

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Tilert Heather
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Hiking

Great Creek exploration with kids! 1.2 miles in and back only; easy flat terrain and plenty of shade made 2.4mi easily doable. Tons of people and cyclists, everyone wearing masks.

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Kim Ochoa
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I’d consider this a pretty easy hike. Lots of trails leading all over the mountain. It was okay.

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angelica arana
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Carol Cayabyab
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Telma Cartagena
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Espectacular especialmente por el pequeño arroyo que cruza y muchos árboles. Tiene 2 rutas para la caminata si quieres llegar a la cascada que está un poco retirada pero vale la pena solo sigue a tu izquierda siguiendo el arroyo de el agua y si vas con niños te aconsejo llevar unos zapatos extras

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Dayne Privett
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Michael Ganz
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Great easy hike! Minimal elevation.... Trail followed the a stream all the way to the dam at the end of the canyon. Multiple river crossings so be prepared to jump rocks or get wet. This would be a good hike on a hot day as its mostly covered.

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Link Travels
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Jason Feldmar
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Patrick Keyes
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Monday was a good day. Not too many bikers and most were polite. Saw more folks on way back.

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Mackenzie English
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The trail had lots of different routes to take. Some were nice flat trails easy for kids but others had the option to be more difficult for good hikers. It was super pretty and I will be going back again.

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Duncan Lord
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HikingGreat!

Trail was in great shape! Was a decent amount of water coming down from the falls. River crossings were fairly easy to navigate/rock hop across. I’d recommend some waterproof boots if you don’t trust yourself and your balance. The only downsides are: 1.) There was A TON of people out there (Sunday morning). Mix of mountain bikers, avid hikers, and large families out for a stroll. Some were masked, some not, so be prepared. 2.) The trailhead parking lot is small and fills up quickly. There is a lower parking lot that was open (not sure how often), just drive past the upper parking lot and hang a left at the trailhead, it will take you downhill and after around a half mile or so you hit a dirt lot with plenty of parking (but also with a bunch of people parked there). Otherwise, it’s a nice, long, easy hike!

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Tilert Heather
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Reminds me of the East coast... walking under tree cover along a gentle stream. Basically flat. Will come back with kids and dogs

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