Dawn Mine Trail

#3 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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Carlos Cabrera (156)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Carlos Cabrera (156)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome!! Not a clear trail/path & thus easy to deviate. Enjoy

Rob James (54)

2 Completed1 Reviews

This is a really cool trail. Although, as many already said, I'd rate this more hard than moderate. I did this trail by myself and didn't tell anyone where I was going which, in hindsight, was a big mistake. I didn't realize it was going to be so strenuous and remote. I went on a weekday and didn't see one other hiker. The trail is very sketchy, and not well marked. But, I have to say it was awesome and the wildlife was great. I saw a stag, a few deer, and eagles. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a lamp to explore the mine, but it did look really cool and it gives me a good excuse to go back. On the way home, I missed the turn off to get back to the fire road, and ended up going close to a cliff edge. I actually freaked out for a little while as I couldn't find the trail back up the mountain on the Sun was going down fast. Only attempt this trail if you are fully equipped and you let somebody know where you're going.

Sunshine Cruz (93)

3 Completed4 Reviews

Did this hike 2mos ago. Follow the arrows. Involves a bit of bouldering. The beginning entrance of the cave is small and not really defined. It's pitch black inside the cave so bring flashlight. We didn't go further inside the cave. There is calf deep water 20 feet inside the cave. My only advice, go on a group inside this cave. Cave is kinda creepy! Have fun!

Sunshine Cruz (93)

3 Completed4 Reviews

Brendan Black (730)

47 Completed1 Reviews

Daniel Shafer (90)

9 Completed3 Reviews

Just did this trail 6/14/2015. Track Info Update: The trail length is actually 5.82 miles out and back with no getting lost *like I did last time*. The trail head at millard Campground is CLOSED! do not even attempt trying to get past the rangers they are adamant about not letting people through. Start at the parking lot above (Aka Sunset Ridge). From the parking lot head up the paved mountain trail past the sign in box *on the right with a book you can sign. Do not turn left down that trail next to the box on the other side of the road that is not the trail* until you come to a turn off dirt trail marked Sunset Ridge Trail 12W18. This is the official trail head! *this is where everyone is getting mislead in their measurements, you have to add the hike up to the trail head from the parking lot which is quite a ways. Also the trail on my brand new Garmin is spot on even under heavy tree cover. I also was wearing my Microsoft Band which is also spot on! I was also tracking with my phone as well, so yeah triple tracking to back it up* Once on the trail its quite flat and maintained which was great. You will come to a fork in the road. You will see a cabin on the left with a road heading down into the canyon. To the right side of the fork you will see a rocky uneven trail headed up the mountain; This is not the trail! This is the Sunset Ridge trail, do not make the same mistake i did the first time i did the dawn mine trail. Instead head on the left trail bypassing the Cabin. This will descend into the canyon below. When you reach the creek bed you will follow it a small ways sticking to the east bank. You will have to cross from east to west several times as the boulders and trees have blocked 80% of the former path *it used to be moderately straight*. If you need help just look for the rock shrine markers that myself and other hikers have left *3 or 4 rocks stacked on each other* You will be on the west bank after a long criss-cross jaunt along the creek and you will go over a teture-tottering log. Shortly after that is where a LOT of people get lost! There will be a decently marked trail that will be straight in front of you blocked by a small easily traversed tree, and what looks like a run-off to the right of it. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT!!! This will lead you a quarter of a mile to a dead end where a waterfall comes from the mountain face straight up. Dead end (I made this mistake my first time on the trail). INSTEAD, head down the run off across the creek toward another canyon to the east! I conveniently made a big arrow out of rocks pointing travelers to the run off :) hopefully it stays there for a long time or people maintain it. Just follow that route around the canyon a ways. You will come to a spot with some very large boulders and a few big trees downed. stick slightly to the right and head over the rocks and around a bend to your left (once over the rocks). You will come to a small sort of clearing. You will see a very big and tall rock shrine that is well kept up marking you are on the right path. From this point you have roughly 1hr and 14 minutes to your destination left, and it is a grueling decent with a moderate elevation grade *sometimes steep*. This is not what is the roughest part. The thing that is really going to take it out of you is the rocks, they are hell, and they are everywhere. You will have to scale very large boulders! Ascend into the mountain. You will come to a few VERY large boulders, there is a large black arrow pointing up on it. Go behind the rock and keep going up. You will see the arrows on random boulders as you keep going up. Once you hit the more forested area it gets a little easier. Just keep going, you will have a creek next to you a few times. You may notice pipes and large wires here and there, that means you are on the right track. You will have to go under a pipe a ways up the mountain, that means you are almost there. You may run into where hikers tend to camp. Its a flat area with a water source 15 feet away. Keep going up the mountain. When you come to a high point you will notice some old steam engine parts coming out of the mountain. YOU ARE THERE. walk a few steps to the left and notice there is a circle with an 'X' The mine is behind this rock. It's a small 4 1/2 foot x 4 foot opening. You have to duck to be in the mine. Lots of debris going into it and plenty of water. IT IS DARK so bring a headlamp or powerful flashlight. I'm not going to lie, I am pretty seasoned as a hiker and this one really took it out of me. Between the land slides that happened, burn, downed trees, displaced boulders, rattle snakes, and heat, I really got my butt kicked. All in all it was a decent hike. VERY technical and would consider this a difficult-strenuous hike, not for a beginner. Bring trekking poles if you have them.

martha olson (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Harder to stay on track then described. There was so much overgrowth it was tough to figure out which way to go! Dont know what happened to the neon pink markers, didnt see a one. Tip: parking up top
gives easier access to start of trail. I will attempt to go back and try this one again. We did run into a grumpy guy...he actually ran interference for us so we could sneak by the park ranger...

Franky Asquerra (197)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Oscar Gonzalez (114)

3 Completed1 Reviews