Coming Soon: Brown Mountain to JPL Loop

Update 04/19/2016: THE LOOP IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN

Corba MTB, the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association (MWBA), Bellfree Contractors and dozens of volunteers have been working hard on restoring the Ken Burton Trail and sections of the Arroyo below in order to complete a loop that has been missing since the Station Fire of 2009.

Corba has posted this map of their progress to their blog. Read more about the background of the Ken Burton trail at MWBA’s website.

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If you’re relatively new to mountain biking, chances are you’ve never even visited this area. Personally, I’ve never gone down or up the Ken Burton Trail, but I do recall riding down the Gabrielino Trail a few times when it used to connect to Switzer’s Campground. (See Route Here.) The Ken Burton trail has always been an advanced trail.

The goal is to eventually restore the entire trail system in this area, but for now, with the help of the many tireless volunteers, we may at least have a loop we can do on the front side of the mountain as early as May, 2016. The rest of the work to reconnect Switzers is likely to take another year.

Remember, this route is NOT LEGAL right now since the Ken Burton Trail and most of the Gabrielino Trail back to JPL is closed to public use. But for future reference, check out the route I created here.

If you want to see this trail open sooner, come to the next scheduled work day: April 17, 2016. CLICK HERE TO RSVP!