2.3 miles
Distance
408 ft
Climb
-1,486 ft
Descent
00:23:07
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Ken Burton Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Ken Burton Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Brown Mountain
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Skinny
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #51542 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #12820 in Trail Running
    • #51619 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1991

The Ken Burton trail in the Angeles National Forest is a milestone in Southern California mountain bike history. It represents the success of the local group Mount Wilson Bicycling Association (MWBA) and their strong, positive relationship with the USFS land managers in the 1990s. MWBA worked together with the USFS to build the trail as a memorial to Ken Burton, a loved Forestry Firefighter who left his friends and family much too soon.

The trail descends into the Arroyo Seco canyon from the top of Brown Mountain and connects to the Gabrielino trail. Rugged and exposed in many sections, the Ken Burton trail has over 20 steep switchbacks that challenge riders and keep you on your toes. The Ken Burton Monument is on your right side before the switchbacks start. The first three switchbacks will give you a good taste of what is coming ahead. As you near the bottom, be aware of the poison oak as it tends to flourish as you near the bottom of the canyon. Once you get to the Gabrielino, turn left and continue over the dam on your way back to the JPL area.

In 2009, the Station Fire destroyed the trail and it was closed for many years. In 2015, MWBA and CORBA volunteers joined forces and worked solidly for over 6 months on rebuilding the trail. On May 1st, 2016, the Ken Burton trail was officially re-opened at the MWBA Pancake Breakfast.

Access Info

Ken Burton is accessed by climbing 6 miles up Brown Mtn / Fern Truck trail from the JPL Windsor trailhead area

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Ken Burton mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,078 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,832 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,960 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,910 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,832 ft
  • Grade
    -8.889%
  • Grade max
    -68.684%
  • Grade min
    35.805%
  • Distance climb
    3,137 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    696 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:07
  • Avg reverse time
    00:58:35
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on Apr 29, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.8 (10 votes)
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      Ken Burton Trail Reports

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      Apr 29, 2022 @ 12:49pm
      Apr 29, 2022
      The trail is in perfect shape. 100% rideable. Lots of fun! Thank you to whomever has been doing trail maintenance!
      Feb 8, 2022 @ 8:41am
      Feb 8, 2022
      Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing from Decembers rainfall). Lots of new debris on the floor of the Arroyo Secco creek bed...
      Jan 8, 2022 @ 7:11am
      Jan 8, 2022
      Dec 28, 2021 @ 7:57am
      Dec 28, 2021
      Pretty damp out there right now. Some bits of trail are overgrown, some are crumbling a bit, and towards the bottom, just before dropping down to...
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 7:38am
      Dec 12, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 41 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 294 rides
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      Aug 21, 2021 @ 11:44pm
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      Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:21am
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      Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:20am
      Apr 18, 2016

      1 Review & Comments

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      klockwood (Apr 23, 2022 at 16:04)
       This trail should be a black diamond, not a blue.
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