Newly Restored Tom Sloan Trail

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September 9th, 2018, 12:44 am #1

I've been dying to hike the newly restored Tom Sloan trail that the Restoration Legacy Crew has been working on for months. They have about 400 more feet to complete the restoration. Today my friend Bob and I decided to do a loop hike. We started at Eaton Saddle~Mt. Lowe Road~Bear Canyon~Tom Sloan Saddle~Newly restored Tom Sloan Trail~returning to Mt Lowe Road and finally back to our cars at Eaton Saddle. We started at 7:15am. 
8 miles.
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View from the Mt. Lowe Road.
20180908_071504.jpg View of  Brown Moutain.
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Selfie at the Grand Canyon H20.
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There is not a sign at the start of the Tom Sloan Trail. its like a secret entrance. You just have to know which trail to take.  Anywyays further down the trail you can see some of the awesome work completed by the crew. 
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20180908_085253.jpg Even though the entire trail is beautifully restored, in my opinion this was the most gorgeous part of the trail.
20180908_085556.jpg More steps added on the trail. 
20180908_090227.jpg To be continued........
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September 13th, 2018, 9:12 pm #2

Nice report. I wasn't aware that trail had been fully restored. The stone work looks amazing.
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September 13th, 2018, 10:01 pm #3

Since the Tom Sloan Saddle Trail is closed to bikes, I'm assuming (and hoping) that this one will be also?  I passed by on Sunday on my way up Mt Lowe Rd, and noticed a few bike tracks headed out from the east end.  Probably time for the 'no bikes' sign to go up.

Gonna do this one, with boots of course, when the weather cools a bit.  Looks spectacular!
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September 14th, 2018, 2:04 am #4

Seems like those stairs would make things a bit more difficult for bikes.
This might be a good place for a group hike.
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September 14th, 2018, 7:24 pm #5

Tom, unfortunately, tire marks have been seen on this path and I am sure they had to walk the stairs.  The entire trail is beautiful. I hate to see it ruined by bikers.  
I was talking with a member of the RLC and they had considered putting up a no bikes sign. 

Jeff, it would make a great group hike. Maybe Sean will let me lead it but if we do I would like to add Brown Mountain just to make it interesting. 

Thanks for your replies.
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September 14th, 2018, 8:47 pm #6

Honest question here, but who (what authority) says that the Tom Sloan Trail is not open to bikes?
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September 16th, 2018, 9:03 pm #7

HikeUp wrote: Honest question here, but who (what authority) says that the Tom Sloan Trail is not open to bikes?
I believe it would be USFS.  Since it's not wilderness, I don't know what criteria would be used to determine the status, but probably safety and/or trailbed fragility.
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September 16th, 2018, 11:16 pm #8

"Mountain bikes are welcome on all trails within the Angeles National Forest except those within a designated ­Wilderness or on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail"

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/ ... rdb5318332
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September 17th, 2018, 12:40 am #9

Uncle Rico wrote: "Mountain bikes are welcome on all trails within the Angeles National Forest except those within a designated ­Wilderness or on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail"

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/ ... rdb5318332
This was my basic understanding. Which makes hearing that the Tom Sloan Saddle Trail is closed to bikes a surprise.

I've encountered bikes on some really narrow and cliffy trails, which I think they were allowed on, but was surprised to run into them because a fall would certainly be deadly.

Oh well. I was just curious...don't care too much either way.
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September 18th, 2018, 5:11 am #10

Ah, didn't know they opened the Saddle trail.  It had been closed to bikes for as long as I've been riding up there (30+ yrs), so I stopped checking after a while.  Hindsight...wondering if the Saddle trail had been closed because there was never a viable exit.  Sometime in the early '90s I did a 3-day loop hike that included going up Bear Canyon from Switzers, and I lost the trail about where the campsite should have been, and ended up bushwacking up to the ridge.

Related to this, I noticed that the Tom Sloan Trail is now clearly marked on the new signs at Eaton Saddle, and the 'no bikes' marker has been removed from the top of the Castle Canyon Trail.
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September 18th, 2018, 9:02 pm #11

Hike Up, don't hate lol. I don't mind bikers but this trail is so beautiful. 
Like Tom Kenney said, maybe they will put one due to the fragility/dangers on some of the sections of the trial. 
I would hate to see the hard work put into this trail be destroyed, like this section here. 
It is a masterpiece!
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Yesterday, 12:33 am #12

I totally agree, but I was just wondering if anyone actually had the authority to prohibit bikes from any given trail (other than wilderness and PCT). Bikes can be destructuve but so can a bunch of moronic hikers, so I am not choosing sides here lol
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Yesterday, 12:36 am #13

I went there today from Sunset Ridge and found the chain gang working hard on the last bit of trail including Cucamonga Man. I noticed that the majority of the trail coming up to Tom Sloan Saddle had been used by bikes. This will definitely become a bike route more then a hiking one. Trail is really solid can't wait for their next project as this one should wrap up soon. Also some nice new signage at Dawn Mine and the Saddle.
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