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Trip Date:  02/24/2013

: 6.7 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1000'

Group Size: 3
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate  Hard   Strenuous
Brown Mountain Hike
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Brown Mountain Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 58.565   W 120 19.503     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take the Ice House Road from Highway 50 and follow it for about 25 miles north to the Loon Lake campground area.  If the gate is closed you will have to park at that junction, otherwise you can cut a couple of miles off the trip by parking in the campground area.
Hazards of Note:   Class 3 rock scrambling to the top of Brown Mountain Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This is a fairly popular snowshoe and cross country skiing route.
General Notes:
Follow the blue diamond markings in the trees along the trail to make your way east on this trail if there haven't been others there blazing the way after new snow.  Once you get to the SW base of Brown Mountain, it is a scramble up granite boulders to attain the top of the mountain.  The views of Loon Lake are tremendous from the peak.

Julia checking out a sign near the beginning of the hike. Julia on the trail
Tell's Peak in the distance above us.
Tells Peak
Guide Peak from about halfway up. Looking toward Guide Peak
Phil and Julia just below the summit. Dropping packs
Guide Peak from the top of Brown Mountain.
Guide peak from the summit
Making the way across the ridge to the true summit. Heading toward the true summit
Frozen tree at the top of the mountain.
Frozen tree at the top    
Marker at the true peak. At the true peak
Phil and I at the top of the climb. Phil and I at the top
Just me at the top. Just me
GPX track of the hike. GPX track of the hike