Take an easy 4-mile out-and-back on the Gabrielino trail to the Brown Mountain Dam. If you enjoyed the guide give it a share or a comment. Here's a map:
Miles total: 8
Dogs?: Yes on Leash
Difficulty: Easy (some may have difficulty hiking back up the road after decending into the canyon, if so take it slow.)
Elevation Gain/loss: 500ft/500ft (road down to canyon)
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Directions/Description: After parking, go around the yellow gate and take the old road down to Gould Mesa Camp. At the bottom where the camp is located turn left and continue deeper into the mountains away from the camp. You are now on the Gabrielino trail and do not make any turns to get to the dam. After 6 stream crossings and passing by two picnic sites (Nino and Paul Little) it will be about an hour before reaching the dam.
History: The Brown Mountain Dam was built in the early 1940's as a flood passage control channel. Towering out of concrete the dam has been on the radar of local wildlife conservationist in recent years. They wish to see the dam destroyed as the dam has degraded wildlife habitat and continues to block the migratory passage of fish. If the USFS had the fund to do it they would certainly destroy the dam and return the calm and peaceful Arroyo Seco river to its once pristine habitat.
Trail Photos/Additional Directions:
After parking we walked around the gate and took this road leading down into the canyon.
Signs indicated we were going the right way. Heading to Gould Mesa Trail Camp.
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