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Brown Mountain

 10 votes

14.2 Miles 22.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,231' 375 m

Ascent

-1,307' -398 m

Descent

5,657' 1,724 m

High

4,681' 1,427 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Unknown

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A remote and long undulating aerobic ride through old growth, lava fields, & huckleberries.

Peter Carse

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The Brown Mountain Trail is most commonly ridden from east to west, or clockwise when combined with the High Lakes Trail to make a loop. Start from the trailhead on Forest Road 3640 on the NW side of Lake of the Woods, where the High Lakes Trail crosses it, and the Brown Mountain Trail begins near the kiosk and heads south. A gradual singletrack ascent of 700 feet over 2.5 miles through big trees brings you to the trail's high point at 5700'.

From here there is a long gradual descent, through huckleberry bushes which can at times partially hide some roots and rocks in the path.

The Pacific Crest Trail (no bikes) is crossed after 2 miles of this descent, then a small un-named doubletrack, then the Blue Lick road (gravel) is met at about 6 miles from the trailhead.
Use this road to cross the creek, then look left to pick up the singletrack again.

The next mile and a half follows the north side of the creek, and there are some rock gardens to negotiate before reaching the paved one-lane Brown Mountain Road and South Brown Mountain Trailhead. Cross this road and continue on singletrack for another half mile before it merges with a 4WD doubletrack which, after another mile and a half, brings you back around to the Brown Mountain Road near another creek crossing.

After crossing this creek, turn right on forest road 350 (sign for Brown Mtn Trail), and follow this for one tenth of a mile before turning left on singletrack again.

This next section of singletrack is spectacular as it winds between and through lava fields, gaining a couple hundred feet as it climbs up over the west side of Brown Mountain. In a little more than two miles, another doubletrack is reached.

This one is called the "Pillette Road" and is also the XC ski trail "Lollipop Loop" (sign) and takes you all the way to the North Brown Mountain Trailhead at 4730', 13.8 miles from where you started.

At this point, it is possible to continue straight ahead on the road to where the High Lakes Trail crosses it, then go left to Fish Lake resort for a beer. However, to complete the Brown Mountain Trail, continue up the final 3/4 mile section of trail, which is rough in places, to meet the High Lakes Trail.

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more fun to ride clockwise 14.7mi
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I'll throw in a vote for parking at the North Fork CG(west of Fish Lake) and riding counterclockwise. Nice descent to the east, onto High Lakes trail and then use Fish Lake trail to finish. 22.5 miles of classic OR trail riding! Aug 29, 2014

 
Trail was logged out by John and I this weekend. Epic year with over 50 logs down. Mosquitoes are out so don't forget the repellent. May 31, 2015
My Wife and I, along with my brother and sister in law did this ride on Friday July 24th, 2015. We parked at Fish Lake and linked the High Lakes Trail to the Brown Mountain (clockwise) Trail and back to the lake. This trail kicked our butts and was awesome. I thought I had read somewhere that this was an intermediate to easy-intermediate ride so after the initial climb up the east side of Brown Mountain we thought we were home free. Upon returning home I see the rating is intermediate to difficult, which is where we would rate the ride, primarily due to the overgrowth on the long down hill sections prior to the lava fields. The overgrown nature of the trail made it difficult to see more than 5 to 10 feet in front of your front tire. My brother in-law and myself were able to let things flow, but the lack of visibility kept us on our toes (and occasionally over the bars.) For our brides (who are very capable riders, though newer to the sport) the trail provided a great challenge and really allowed them to test their skills in spots. We came across zero riders on the trail (though we did see some at the trail heads), 3 hikers (2 at the intersection with the PCT who after 100 days had conquered the Sierras) and 1 pile of horse poop. Back to my misreading the ratings before the ride; we were not prepared for the lava fields nor the climb out, as I felt that up unto there the trail was easily and intermediate ride. The lava field and the climb really challenged us as we were pretty spent by the time we reached the west side of the mountain. Awesome ride, can't wait to ride it immediately after it has been cleared. Cheers, Eric Jul 26, 2015

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