The content on this page is from William Sherrard's e-book
Hiker’s Guide to the Trails of Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch.

The Burnt Mountain Trail, like the Bobcat Trail, has its northern trailhead off of the eastern loop of the Engelmann Oak Trail. Getting to the northern end of the Bobcat Trail involves hiking 0.70 miles south on the Cougar Ridge Trail to the Engelmann Oak Trailhead and then hiking 1.40 miles east and south on Engelmann Oak to the Bobcat Trailhead.
The Burnt Mountain Trail is 0.36 miles in length traversing from the east side of Engelmann Oak to the southern portion of the Engelmann Oak loop. The trail is single lane and can accommodate hikers, bikers and equestrians.
The trail is rated “moderate” in terms of difficulty when hiking the trail north to south. This is because of the 171 foot elevation difference between the northern and southern ends of the trail. We will be hiking the trail from north to south, starting at 1,745 feet and rising to 1,916 feet at the trail’s end where it intersects the southern loop of the Engelmann Oak Trail. Because of the decline in elevation, the trail is rated “easy” when hiking from south to north.

The trailhead marker for Burnt Mountain indicates the trail is 0.40 miles long. This is slightly different than the 0.36 mile length noted on the GPS unit.

If you are using a GPS unit on the hike be sure and set it back to 0.00 at the trailhead. All distances displayed on the slides assume your GPS unit has been set to zero at the beginning of the hike.

The trail is quite rocky with several bushes bordering the trail near the northern trailhead. It is a sandy trail throughout most of its length.
The most notable feature of the trail is the view of Burnt Mountain near the southern end of the trail. The mountain is located in the angle formed between the west side of the Burnt Mountain Trail and the north side of the Engelmann Oak Trail.

Click the photo at right for a brief slide show!
The south side of the mountain tapers down to the Engelmann Oak Trail. A tree along the north side of the Engelmann Oak Trail marks the mountain’s incline to its peak.
The Burnt Mountain Trail ends where it intersects the southern loop of the Engelmann Oak Trail. If one turns east they can follow the Hidden Springs Trail down to the Jack Creek Meadow Loop Trail and thence south to the Ranch House. Alternatively, one could turn west and go to the end of the Engelmann Oak Trail where it intersects with the Cougar Ridge Trail.