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Sunset Ridge to Dawn Mine Loop

 6 votes

5.9 Miles 9.4 Kilometers


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Singletrack

1,536' 468 m

Ascent

-1,535' -468 m

Descent

3,581' 1,092 m

High

2,098' 639 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Unknown

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An awesome loop through Sunset Ridge then down the river canyon by Dawn Mine.

Cary Stacy

Overview

This is a great hike along the Mt. Lowe Road and back down along a creek for a loop.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views

Description

Start at the parking lot at Chaney Trail, heading up the Mt. Lowe Road. Turn left onto Sunset Ridge Trail (not the first turnoff that goes down towards the lower parking lot). This trail is very narrow singletrack with a few exposed sections. Keep an eye open for poison oak in the spring and summer when the trail can be a bit overgrown. Most of the trail is shaded, and there are several winding switchbacks that lead you through the trees.

Follow this all the way up (keep right) until it ends at Mt. Lowe Road. Continue up the road a bit until you see a trail heading down towards Dawn Mine in the canyon. This trail should take you down to the river, where you'll follow the river all the way back to an early chunk of the Sunset Ridge Trail.

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Dec 2, 2017
Mike Acquazzino
The trail above the falls has felled trees and has become overgrown. The way down to the falls from the Sunset Ridge trail is loose and rocky.
Aug 12, 2017
Joe Newname
Jul 11, 2017
Dave Edens
Did the loop in reverse from this trail description. 5.9mi — 2h 38m
Jun 24, 2017
Jeff Lee
Missed the sign to the mine on Sunset Trail so we had to trek back about a mile but it still worth it. 6.9mi — 3h 10m

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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6/24/17 - The entrance to the mine is blocked by a metal gate so you can't explore inside. But the hike is still great. Jun 27, 2017

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