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Ken Burton Loop

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Trail

14.8 mile 23.7 kilometer loop
50% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,060' 628 m
Descent: -2,057' -627 m
High: 2,947' 898 m
Low: 1,156' 352 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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A moderate loop and popular option out of Altadena.

Alex Johnson

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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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.

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May 17, 2020
Jessie Martinez
Apr 7, 2020
Jojo Valdez
20mi
Feb 2, 2020
The Dude
Long ride, so be prepared. Nice work done by crews to maintain parts of the KB trail, but it's hairy in places that have washed out, so check speed.
Sep 23, 2019
Davis Chitlik
Sep 5, 2019
D Ross
Backside was almost unridable because of overgrown thorny plants. Not recommended.
Aug 28, 2019
Russell A
14.8mi
Aug 10, 2019
Matt Hawk
Nasty trail conditions going down the back side to the riverbed. Big time overgrown. 15mi — 2h 15m
Jul 6, 2019
Clark Perry
The Ken Burton trail is a little overgrown but still a lot of fun. The trail itself is in good shape. All ride-able. 14.1mi — 3h 00m

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 43 votes

#3

in Pasadena

#443

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  3.5 from 43 votes
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#3

in Pasadena

#61

in California

#443

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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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