Dawn Mine Trail

#2 of 195 trails in Angeles National Forest

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Dawn Mine Trail is a 4.4 mile loop trail that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & walking and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Michael G. (125)

Correction to my track info: Total time: 4 hours out and back Total length of track: 5.7 miles All Track info came from my Garmin so it is accurate. Good and fun trail, This is a moderate trail with a lot of over grown and bolder hoping with some creek crossing. Once your down by the creek there can be a lot of bugs flying around. We did get lost a few times as it can get a bit confusing but all in all we found our way to the Mine, try to follow the stacked rock sings, ribbons, and spray painted arrows. Once at the mine make sure you have enough lighting as it is pitch black in there. Be very carful in the mine at the first fork on the right side there is a BIG hole full of water that goes down very deep, don't think anyone wants to fall in that.

Elizabeth Lopez (243)

10 Completed9 Reviews

Did this trail for the first time and it was easy getting to it. Took a dirt trail all the way then it turned into huge rocks and tree branches. Coming back my friend and I took a wrong turn and got lost and ended up down in the creek. We figured it would lead to the bottom parking lot near the camp ground, NOT. we then had to hop a cabin fence and make our way up the side of the mountain to get back to the actual hiking trail. It was a near death experience and I doubt I will ever go back to that trail. Just be cautious and find things to use as point markers to remember which way to go! Other than getting lost, the hike was fun. TAKE WATER! I forgot water and had to drink from the creek.

Lizzie McVeigh (138)

7 Completed2 Reviews

One of the best hikes in Los Angeles! Make sure you have an adventure pass for parking, otherwise you risk getting a ticket. The first time to the dawn mine trail I did get a bit lost, I wasn't too sure on where the trail started. I asked other hikers for directions and they pointed me in the right direction. Don't be afraid to ask. The trail was marked by neon ribbon.

The trail is not too bad, it does involve jumping over streams, going through brush, going over boulders, fine dirt/sand (slippery), and during the summer months it can get hot. The lower entrance is easy to find "X" marks the spot. I saw a bobcat on the tree near the entrance of the mine... we had a stare-down for about 5 minutes... it finally climbed up the canyon and disappeared. It was amazing.

Beware... the mine is COLD. Make sure you bring a sweater and flashlight/headlamps to explorer the mine. The mine itself is amazing. There is a water filled abyss estimated to be +50 feet deep, one of the tunnels is flooded with knee high freezing water.

I posted a 360 degree panoramic picture along with coordinates on Google Maps (Helpful Link)


Chris Lockett (479)

14 Completed1 Reviews

This is definitely the coolest hike I have ever done - the lower entrance to the trail is definitely closed - I didnt run into the care taker but we decided to take the switch backs all the way up and then we found the upper entrance. It was a really sketchy goat path down - it followed a narrow ledge down around the wall and there were a few parts where the land had given out. We scrambled across and found a sign that said expert hikers only - thats really the only memorable land mark. Once you get down the lower entrance to the mine is really easy to find.

I had a group of 9 with me and it was quite the adventure - I want to do it again but its definitely dangerous and you should move slow.

Erica Hernandez (143)

13 Completed4 Reviews

What an awesome experience.

Renee Massie (327)

25 Completed2 Reviews

How did everyone get past the crazy caretaker in Millard campground? I've tried to attempt this trail twice, both times closed and this guy threatened the cops on me when I tried to hop the fence...any suggestions on how to get around?

Greg Lush (103)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail, be ready to do a bunch of low height rock scrambling. Once you pass the cabin make sure that you stay to the right once you head up into the canyons.

Jonathon Hollywood (164)

3 Completed2 Reviews

This is a difficult trail if you goto the actual mine. Boulders, smooth and slick rocks, and erosion. I didn't see any closed trail signs and we ran into a cabin caretaker on the way out at cabin #16.

To get to the mine...

Use your GPS and the alltrails map. It's spot on.

Take the fire road to sunset trail. Follow that to cabin #16. Then you basically follow the creek, back and forth. You will basically follow a bush whacked trail. Look for pink neon trail markers and black arrows spray painted on rocks. Towards the end, you will climb on and around smooth rocks and boulders. Be very careful as they are smooth, and slippery. I have excellent balance and I fell...twice. Follow the trail and GPS, and you are good. Don't do this hike alone.

Bring bug spray.
Map of mine. Can be found via Google images.
Head lamp. High quality.
Extra pair of shoes you can get wet in the mine.
Clean socks.
Three liters of water and a couple peanut butter and jelly sandiches.
Thermal. It was very cold in the mine.

Let someone know before you go, as this is considered dangerous. I felt safe inside, however. If anyone has any questions, message me at Hollywood.Jonathon@gmail.com

Robert Davis (272)

6 Completed3 Reviews

I wasn't able to access the trail from Millard Campground, as the trailhead for Dawn Mine from the Millard campground is close. So we parked at a trail head just up Chaney Trail Road. From there we traveled northeast along a fire road until on the left there was a sign for the Sunset Ridge Trail. We took that path down the ravine until fork, where we took the left trail that went further down into the river bed. That path takes you over an old mining bridge and cabin #16, which puts you right on the Dawn Mine Trail. The trail itself is very fun to hike if you're looking for a challenge. I use the term "trail" lightly, as you more or less traverse through fallen trees, wade through bushes, and climb boulders. Many points the trail is not well defined, but luckily there are many neon flags and spray painted arrows to guide you (I've posed pics of such trail markers). Everyone person in our hiking party fell at least twice, so please respect the trail. The mines are a lot of fun. I would suggest bringing water shoes and LEDs. The first mine is marked with a spray painted x in a circle, and the second mine is located about 25 ft above the first one. This trail is definitely for the adventurous.

Dustin Schmidt (134)

39 Completed4 Reviews

Cool Hike, very strenous getting to the Mine.
Just don't try climbing the Saucer falls/canyon. This is an old trail, that is not really used anymore. They are very cool to look at, but very dangerous to attempt. Unsafe
Honestly, unless you are super into the old mine, I wouldnt even attempt this trail