Dawn Mine Trail

Altadena, CA
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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.
Very beautiful!

Take the 210 freeway to Pasadena. Exit Lake Avenue and head north. After 3.5 miles, turn left at the T onto Loma Alta Drive. After one mile, make a right on Chaney Trail. The 1.5 mile road winds up to Sunset Ridge and down to the parking lot for Millard Campground and the trail to Dawn Mine.

US Forest Service, 818-790-1151

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Trail is posted closed. I hiked part of it with a friend and the trail was heavily covered in brush.

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ALOT MISINFORMATION HERE , dawn gold mine , millard creek , falls are all still in closed to hiking areas usfs , march 20 2014 , you could get fined for hiking in area ,

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Hiked March 15, 2014. BUGS! If you're allergic to bees I may think twice about it. The bees swarm the white flowers, and there are a lot of them. But they didn't bother us at all. That said, awesome hike. The trail is absolutely destroyed so you kinda follow what looks like a trail but have to make you own path at certain parts. It involves some very narrow trails, walking across fallen trees, steep rock climbing, crossing over the stream many times and loose dirt. If the mine is your goal it will feel like you're never going to find it when you're almost there! So don't give up. There is an X painted on the rock where the mine opening is. Take a flashlight! Lots of little frogs in the mine and you walk along floating logs although the water in the mine isn't deep. Getting back was kinda interesting. Lost the trail and almost fell off the top of the falls, so pay close attention when heading back. Interesting and challenging hike. Not good for inexperienced hikers though.

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such an awesome place to go now that it's reopened! I explored the left part of the mines today going to explore the right and upper one the next time I went. it definitely seems longer than the 4.4miles it says it is on here. oh and I brought my puppy and she did fine but she's been hiking since she was a month old so she's pretty use to it. enjoy the trail!

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(Tuesday - 2/11/14) Just got back from the Dawn Mine. It was awesome. I heard it was closed, but we saw no rangers so I can't be sure. The whole trail was overgrown and covered in rocks and fallen trees. We saw someone with a dog, but he looked experienced. I would not advise small children to go on this hike. We parked atop Chaney Trail (road) right by the gate leading to the Mt. Lowe trail. The trail is off to the left not far from the check-in area. Once you leave the fire road keep an eye out for Millard Falls on your left (its a 50+ waterfall). Once you get down to the stream bed (right past cabin 16) you take a right to get to the mines, and a left to get to the top of Millard Falls. The way to the mines can be slightly tricky, but just keep an eye out for trail markers (painted arrows, bright colored ribbon hanging from branches, and rock stacks). There is a smaller waterfall that was cascading down the left side of the canyon right past the big spray-painted eyeball thing. There is nothing past this, just a cool little cascade. Once you get to the mines (it is to the left of the big, rusty old water pump wheel type thing), you will see an X marks the spot. Bring flashlights. The bottom mines are pretty full of water at some points, but logs make it easy to walk through. The upper mines are difficult to get to, especially with bee hives and tons of ants on the trees. No graffiti, no trash, no people, and not too many bugs (spray is recommended). This was a great hike.

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Went on this hike this past saturday (1/25/14). We parked on Chaney Trail at the top of the hill where there is a paved road and a gate. Farther down there is a parking lot but people told us they got turned around by a park ranger saying the trail was closed. We made our way up the fire/access road and ran into some mountain bikers and hikers that directed us to a trail head that led us down into the canyon to the stream bed. We found a trail following the stream bed and it was very overgrown. Fallen trees, boulders, uneven terrain and many stream crossings made it slow moving but it was all part of the adventure. We got to a fork in the trail where a couple directed us the right way towards the mine entrance. The hike kept going uphill and over more boulders/trees. We kept following spray painted arrows that eventually led us to an "X" marks the spot and an arrow pointing into the mine entrance. After some hesitation we went into the mine holding our cell phones out for flashlights. The beginning of the mine is flooded with water but has chunks of wood that you can use as stepping stones and get to the other dry side. There are a few passage ways that lead to dead ends and a deep water hole that was pretty creepy. It looked as if the mine went higher up but we couldn't access it. I would highly suggest bringing head lamps or actual flashlights. When we got back outside we noticed another possible entrance about 30 feet up the hill side but it was very steep and treacherous to get too so we decided not to go up. Maybe next time we will bring some rope.

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The hike to dawn mine is tricky! Hiked it today, and climbing over the downed trees and boulders was a bit much for us. Our dog and us made it out safely but there were spots that could gave been dangerous. Got to the mine and it was literally a cave! My husband went it but I did not. Ran into 3 groups of people. One group with children said they had been in the mine 2 stories up? We did not venture this is not eaton canyon for beginners. We missed the trail upward to the cabin and luckily ran into a group that directed us upward. Take a rope in case you get stuck! We had to climb up a hill to find the trail. The trails are hard to see and if you depend on the creek alone you will get lost. Leave a path you can follow back. Agree, do not take your dog past the cabin. We had our lab with us and he became frightened coming back down the trail with climbing the downed trees. I would stick to echo mountain trail,there is nothing really to see at dawn mine.

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is it open already??

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The trail is not one for the unprepared. This hike will be following a canyon/creek for a few miles, as the trail stopping at there are slippery rocks, fallen trees everywhere, and boulders to climb up. It's a lot of fun, however one small misstep, and you're dealing with a medical emergency. Bring a two-liter of water per person, otherwise be prepared to drink from the less stagnant pools within the creek.

The Dawn Mine itself is a refreshing halfway point with cold walls and water, and, and a journal for hikers to make notes for the next hikers. Areas are flooded no higher than knee height, and you can walk along the old rails to keep your feet dry if you wish.

Bring a plenty of supplies, prepare to get lost, and enjoy every minute.

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