Dawn Mine Trail Loop

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Dawn Mine Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Altadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1509 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

scramble

9 days ago

We started from Millard Campgrounds and then found the steep trail near the waterfall leading to the Dawn Mine trail. Just watch out for cyclists. It's a great trail to do!

hiking
12 days ago

Forest pass required! This is an absolutely fantastic hike, though definitely geared to the more advanced and physically fit folks! I was VERY glad we used the “record” function as it ensured we didn’t lose our way. Tip: download the AllTrails maps, then set your phone to airplane mode to conserve battery while recording.

The hike features steep inclines, rough sections of trail, stream crossings, boulder hopping, and large steps to climb in numerous areas. If you take the hike clockwise (veering left at the cabin), you will go deep into the canyon and follow the steam under the shade of the trees until the mine. The mine ‘s trail is marked...you just need to descend down a bit to see the old mining remnants. You will need to get all the way to the remnants to see the actual mine (look to the left). After seeing the mine, you will need to climb WAY UP to get out of the canyon and back to the fire roads. It is steep, but the views from the top are fantastic!! The trail is defined in most places, but you can get off track if not careful. Taking the hike counterclockwise (heading right at the Sunset Trail marker might (??) be the less strenuous way to go.

Would definitely recommend to adventurous souls, but do be careful, bring lots of water, and a navigational device if possible.

13 days ago

One of my favorite trails in the area!

18 days ago

beautiful trail, fun as well. slight challenge with a fun surprise at the end , if you can find it. and it has a variety of scenes.

hiking
23 days ago

Really good hike-definitely a workout but nothing too extreme. The mine is underwhelming, but the canyon scenery is very pretty & the views at the top are fantastic!

29 days ago

1 month ago

Path starts on a road on the side of mountain. Leads down into a very forested Valley. Creeks and little ponds run through.

3 months ago

Super fun. Not hard at all!

4 months ago

one of my favorites! but can get lost if not paying close attention. worth it. i love it !

5 months ago

Mine has been closed off. I've been visiting this mine for 5 years. To come and see she's been closed is very saddening. I'll be back to open her up or place ropes to get to the upper mine just a quick rock climb above the original.

5 months ago

It's a killer workout tons on incline! We found many river beds and the creek was still flowing. It was by far the most beautiful hike. Only thing is the trail is a bit confusing as we never saw the mines. Very secluded we saw very FEW people and honestly there's so many different trails, chances are you won't see them again.

hiking
5 months ago

killer Incline at the beginning of the hike. Got lost finding the Mine ended up coming out a different trail. All n' all amazing workout!

6 months ago

We were disappointed to find that the mine had recently been gated off completely. Still, the hike was well worth our time. Much of the hike followed a narrow canyon and felt quite secluded for being so close to the city. This is definitely one of the better getaways in the area.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike, very green and fairy tale like with creeks and small waterfalls. The trail will disappear on you and your Wifi will not work-however there are signs but you still may lose your way a bit. A bit of rock climbing and you will be fine. In and out of shade, lots of shade though, many broken trees and trail volunteers were working on that today July 2, 2017. Hike on!

hiking
6 months ago

We were there on June 9 and saw two guys sealing the entrance to both mines. Forest Service decided to shut them down because of the accidents occurred every year. No more getting into the mines!

6 months ago

Great.. minus the attack of bees right before the mine itself. Careful people, especially if allergic. There's a nest of them right before you get to the mine (it's at the part where there is 3 unmarked trails to choose from right before you hit the climb down to the mine). We were going to see where one of the trails lead you, but got stung.. and my daughter and other people actually saw the big nest in the tree. And now the mine is gated off.. you are not able to go in.

hiking
7 months ago

Peaceful going up along the creek and coming back down sunset trail. My dogs had a blast but they were tiered at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice and good exercise about 2 hours, missed the mine though. I went counter clock wise.
There was a rattle snake on the trail....I don't want to hear that sound again....

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty tough but beautiful! We didn't have to get our feet wet at this time of the year. Happy trails!

7 months ago

Magical hike! Started this going counterclockwise which would be the way I'd recommend if you want to come early to do it.

The beginning trek of this is the hardest part. Trail is nice and defined but the continuous incline is repetitive, boring and practically 65% of this hike. It is however a great workout and it's encouraging on the way up to see the extended view of Altadena from up high and the cities surrounding it. This part kicked my butt on an 85 degree afternoon. 3/10. Would not do that part again.

Once you get to start going down hill the scenes and temperature changes. Down by the creek you'll have some nice shade. There's some broken down foliage drifting in a creek and a small waterfall. Look around enough and the abandoned remnants of a mine will reveal itself. For ease of exploration, headlamps and water shoes are recommended, you could also just take off your shoes, but I wouldn't advise sloshing around barefoot in gross water.

The trail is difficult to traverse at times because it's can get very narrow and the gravel don't make for good footing. It was still relatively easy to follow and is now more defined since a few folks have left more trail markers along the way.

The next time I stop by I will skip the full loop and just do the hike to Dawn Mine in and out. That was the best part anyways.

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