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Ken Burton Loop

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 3.6 (55) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate loop and popular option out of Altadena.


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Map Key

14.8

Miles

23.7

KM

50%

Singletrack

2,947' 898 m

High

1,156' 352 m

Low

2,060' 628 m

Up

2,057' 627 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This approximately fourteen-mile loop can be done after work or with minimal driving. The ride is made up of a fire road and single/doubletrack climb followed by a singletrack downhill and an easy cruise back down the Gabrielino Trail.

Description

Start at the parking lot on Windsor and Ventura in Altadena. Head north on Gabrieleno Trail - paved turn right at the fork and continue up Fern Truck Trail to the saddle, then make a left at Brown Mountain.

Continue on Brown Mountain until it ends, then go straight onto the Ken Burton Trail. Continue on Ken Burton Trail until it ends and intersects with the Gabrielino Trail. Make a left and cruise the remaining four miles back to the parking lot. Watch out for hikers, especially on the Gabrielino Trail.

History & Background

Ken Burton Trail is an old trail built by mountain bikers that has been closed for years and has just re-opened making this loop possible again.

Contacts

Shared By:

Alex Johnson with improvements by John May

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 55 votes

#3

in Pasadena

#349

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  3.6 from 55 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#3

in Pasadena

#50

in California

#349

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Photos

Erik hittin' switches just below the Ken Burton Memorial, a fine morning in the ANF.
Sep 18, 2018 near La Caña…, CA
Lots of stream crossings on the way up Gabrielino Trail.  It's a challenge not to fall in at least once!
Jan 11, 2015 near La Caña…, CA
Ken Burton Grand Opening
May 6, 2016 near La Caña…, CA
Splash through this water crossing at one of the spillways.
Mar 16, 2017 near La Caña…, CA
One of the many fun creek / river crossings
Feb 9, 2016 near La Caña…, CA
Waterfall over the debris dam.
Apr 23, 2014 near La Caña…, CA

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Current Trail Conditions

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Bad / Closed 6 days ago See History
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Check-Ins

Apr 23, 2021
Emiliano Soto
2h 00m
Mar 26, 2021
Kyle Feig
The trail crew did a great job. Totally clear and open. Rideable. Fun again! Great trail.
Feb 13, 2021
Nicolas Rumigny
Jan 13, 2021
Chris Makowicki
14mi
Dec 23, 2020
Jesper Poulsen
Dec 20, 2020
Err Fic
Nov 25, 2020
Kyle Feig
Oct 22, 2020
Nito Serna
14mi — 2h 40m