Brown Mountain and Dam on 13th October 2013

For the second week in a row, Jesse leads a ride in the La Canada/Flintridge locale, this time to the Brown Mountain Dam followed by a ride up to the Brown Mountain view point

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Jesse and Kevin brief the crew on the ride options in the Hahamonga Watershed parking lot
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heading over a bridge near the Devil's Gate Dam
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through the shade trees - not much sun yet!
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barely past JPL and we hit the first stream crossing on the way to the Brown Mountain Dam!
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we encounter a trail blockage - guy on a bike towing a kiddy car!
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pleasant enough Fall scene!
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now we hit the trail runners - this guy looks kitted out for biking!
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waiting for more trail runners!
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the going gets a little rougher nearer the dam!
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and here it is - the Brown Mountain Dam...
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... built in 1942 by the US Forestry Service for water control - not a success, since the blockage was detrimental to the wildlife!
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ride leader Jesse is dwarfed by the dam ...
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... in fact, the whole group is dwarfed by the dam!
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Kevin and his group arrive a little later
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time for a few nibblies!
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all this way just for a dam!
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anyway, the girls are having fun!
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John has a tubeless flat - checking for leaks!
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unfortunately John ultimately had to walk a few miles out of there despite all the help at hand!
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big jump ahead - back from the dam and up the endless fire road to the saddle on the way to Brown Mountain!
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view down to La Canada/Flintridge - not as clear as last week by a long shot!
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there's the trail ahead up to the Brown Mountain view point
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Robert makes it to the saddle a little late!
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a very pleasant trail up to Brown Mountain ...

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