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Ken Burton Loop

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 3.5 (64) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate loop and popular option out of Altadena.


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Map Key

14.8

Miles

23.7

KM

50%

Singletrack

2,947' 898 m

High

1,156' 352 m

Low

2,041' 622 m

Up

2,040' 622 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This approximately fourteen-mile loop can be done after work or with minimal driving. The ride is made up of a fire road and single/doubletrack climb followed by a singletrack downhill and an easy cruise back down the Gabrielino Trail.

Description

Start at the parking lot on Windsor and Ventura in Altadena. Head north on Gabrieleno Trail - paved turn right at the fork and continue up Fern Truck Trail to the saddle, then make a left at Brown Mountain.

Continue on Brown Mountain until it ends, then go straight onto the Ken Burton Trail. Continue on Ken Burton Trail until it ends and intersects with the Gabrielino Trail. Make a left and cruise the remaining four miles back to the parking lot. Watch out for hikers, especially on the Gabrielino Trail.

History & Background

Ken Burton Trail is an old trail built by mountain bikers that has been closed for years and has just re-opened making this loop possible again.

Contacts

Shared By:

Alex Johnson with improvements by John May

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 64 votes

#3

in Altadena

#334

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  3.5 from 64 votes
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#3

in Altadena

#45

in California

#334

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Photos

Erik hittin' switches just below the Ken Burton Memorial, a fine morning in the ANF.
Sep 18, 2018 near La Caña…, CA
Lots of stream crossings on the way up Gabrielino Trail.  It's a challenge not to fall in at least once!
Jan 11, 2015 near La Caña…, CA
Ken Burton Grand Opening
May 6, 2016 near La Caña…, CA
Splash through this water crossing at one of the spillways.
Mar 16, 2017 near La Caña…, CA
One of the many fun creek / river crossings
Feb 9, 2016 near La Caña…, CA
Waterfall over the debris dam.
Apr 23, 2014 near La Caña…, CA

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Jul 10, 2022
A V
May 21, 2022
A V
Mar 5, 2022
Andy Babb
NOT for intermediates imho! I am an intermediate biker and the KB trail was super tough. I did not have fun but am glad I gave it a shot.
Dec 2, 2021
Clark Perry
The trail is in great shape! The brush has been recently cut back. Lots of fun! 14.6mi — 2h 10m
Oct 3, 2021
Nathaniel Buckner
The back sode switch backs is loose, dry and probably double black for most riders (including me). There is a lot of exposure there. 1 area washed out 14.8mi
Jul 26, 2021
Matthew S
Jul 7, 2021
Hector Miramontes
The switchbacks going down Wella's peak were very difficult, the turning radius was tight and very steep for downhill riding. 14.7mi — 2h 32m
Jul 5, 2021
Derek W