Dawn Mine Trail 12W13
ElevationAscent: 1,018' 310 m
Descent: -568' -173 m
High: 4,045' 1,233 m
Low: 3,027' 923 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (8°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“A scenic trail to a mine and a canyon.”— Alan Coles
The trail descends steeply into Millard Canyon passing through blasted out sections of the edge of a cliff, then winding along switchbacks down to the canyon floor in about 0.8 miles. It reaches a junction with the Millard Canyon Trail heading downstream. To reach the mine, take the left fork for 50 feet and then a right turn down to the canyon bottom where the mine can be seen.
The trail continues upstream from the first junction passing along a delightful stream with bay, maple, and alder trees shading the path. There are some nice Humboldt lilies that bloom in late spring.
About 0.5 miles from the mine, the trail leaves the canyon bottom where the north fork joins. There is a nice section where the trail passes above and below seasonal waterfalls as it climbs out of the canyon into open chaparral of ceanothus, scrub oak, and laurel sumac. It ends at Tom Sloan Saddle where there is a junction with the Bear Canyon Trail 12W08, the Tom Sloan Trail #12W22, and a popular use trail leading westward to Brown Mountain.
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