Brown Mountain Use Trail [s]

Segment: Tom Sloan Saddle to Brown Mountain

Stats: Tom Sloan Saddle to Brown Mountain: 1.1 miles, 600′ gain, 200′ loss.  Brown Mountain to Tom Sloan Saddle: 1.1 miles, 200′ gain, 600′ loss.  Round Trip: 2.2 miles 800′ gain and loss.

Last Hiked: 3-27-14

Hikes: Cobb Estate to Brown Mountain: 17.6 miles, 4739′ gain.

A number of trails lead from Tom Sloan Saddle.  Take the unmarked use trail heading up south and west around the Manzanita.

Brown Mountain Use Trailhead at Tom Sloan Saddle.

Brown Mountain Use Trailhead at Tom Sloan Saddle.

For the most part the trail will follow the ridge. As the trail isn’t maintained, there are stretches where people of certain skill levels (myself included) will view the path as as somewhat sketchy.

Example of "somewhat sketchy" portion of Brown Mountain Use Trail.

Example of “somewhat sketchy” portion of Brown Mountain Use Trail.

Following the ridge, there are several small saddles with associated fairly steep parts. The most difficult to pass (shown below) requires (at least for me) some forethought to ascend. The easiest path is shown in red, the white portion is how the trail will lead you until it disappears, and the green portion was my first attempt that was far more difficult to traverse than the red path. Best to go straight up and use the large rock outcrop as a guide to stay close to and to the left of.

Paths up steepest part of Brown Mountain use trail. Red is easiest.

Paths up steepest part of Brown Mountain use trail. Red is easiest.

 

View of where the Brown Mountain use trail temporarily disappears and a better angle to get a sense of the steepness of the path upward to the right.

View of where the Brown Mountain use trail temporarily disappears and a better angle to get a sense of the steepness of the path leading upward to the right.

View toward Brown Mountain from the top of the steepest part of the trail.

View toward Brown Mountain from the top of the steepest part of the trail (one of the three false summits).

The rest of the way has some more steep portions, but, they are obvious how to navigate.

View toward Mt. Lukens from Brown Mountain.

View toward Mt. Lukens from Brown Mountain.

More photos here.

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