Brown Mountain/El Prieto Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

4 days ago

Even though it was a very hot day, the hike was great ...!!

4 days ago

This is the classic weekend warrior or after-work medium distance ride for mountain bikers on the East side of Los Angeles. Heavier traffic on weekends means you have to keep your downhill speeds lower than usual. Most of the climbing is fully exposed.

11 days ago

nice hike today; foggy and good drizzle enhanced nature's aroma!

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3 months ago

Very cool for hiking but it's super narrow and a lot of mountain bikers. Mountain bikers please have bells so we can hear you! You can go on for awhile. We got 8 miles out of our hike.

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4 months ago

Careful with dogs; lots of mountain bikers and narrow trails!

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5 months ago

love MTB

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9 months ago

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.