Dawn Mine Trail

#1 of 6 trails in Hahamongna Watershed Park

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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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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.

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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

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Only worth going on this hike if you make it to the Mine and explore it. Flashlights a must inside the Mine and be prepared to walk through knee high water. Great hike but definitely for experienced hikers only. Trail is not kid friendly and only experienced trail dogs should attempt.

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25 Completed 6 Reviews

Hiking trails are open. Excellent hiking, I took my dog and we did great. A lot shades for those who don't like the sun but trails has sunny areas so might be take your sun block lotion. Watch out for mountain bikers and just a tiny advice for the ladies: don't wear/use strong scents/perfumes cause a bear will be behind you next time.

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5 Completed 2 Reviews

so good

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14 Completed 2 Reviews

Trail is still marked as closed. The trail marker off the Mt Lowe Railway is almost completely overrun with growth. But the sign states it is still closed due to fire damage.

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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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