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Good Half Day Hike

A very good hike through the lower San Gabriel Mountains. The trail switches back and forth as you... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
StuHermosaBeach
,
Hermosa Beach
Mt. Lowe

The trail is tranquil and well maintained. There is a nice elevation change to challenge your... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
J R
,
Altadena, California
via mobile
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Former railroad bed turned popular 10 mile hiking trail.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“bring water” (3 reviews)
“great workout” (2 reviews)
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

A very good hike through the lower San Gabriel Mountains. The trail switches back and forth as you wind up the mountain to the top of Echo Mountain where there are remnants of an old hotel and some railway relics. The hike took us about...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

The trail is tranquil and well maintained. There is a nice elevation change to challenge your physical fitness if hiking quickly but gradual enough for a leisurely stroll up the mountain. Bring plenty of water!

Thank J R
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love hiking this trail. You get a great workout and at the top of Echo mountain, you get a history lesson on the great hostel that was once there! I wish it was still there, it would've been a great place to stay!

Thank Jo Anne D
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A hidden jewel of a trail with a (+4000') elevation gain in 6.8 miles. Walkable and bikeable. You must come prepared for sun, shade, rain or snow. Bring water, can be done as a long day hike or an overnighter. Can also be a backdoor...More

Thank jamesv8
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

I started this hike at Sam Merrill Trail off of Loma Alta Drive. The hike is about 5.8 Miles round trip to the top of Mount Lowe Railway with about 1400 ft elevation change . This hike has a nice steady incline all the way...More

Thank Ryan A
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

If you live in the Altadena area, this trail is a must. Also known as The Lower Sam Merrill Trail, it's a beautifully graded, solidly reinforced and, for the last 10 years, rigorously maintained. Good thing. Because of the local geology is fractured composed of...More

1  Thank Kenneth M
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

The Sam Merrill Trail is easy to find...go north on Lake Avenue from Pasadena through Altadena until Lake stops. You are at the trail head. This is a pretty easy walk on a hard packed trail that gets you to the top of Mount Lowe....More

1  Thank PrinceConsort
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

This is an easy hike for most people, with a great reward at the top... great views of the LA basin and the ruins of a hotel complex that was here over 100 years ago. Bring water and don't go in the middle of a...More

1  Thank Bill B
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

We are fortunate to live close to this trailhead, which takes hikers to the historic ruins of an old hotel at Echo Mountain and remains of the Mt. Lowe Railway. Yes, you should be a hiker in fairly good shape (it's just shy of 3...More

1  Thank dennislynnee
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Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

This is simply a hard trail, though very popular. It is the 405 of hikes. Get there early in order to park. Go in a group to improve your parking chances. The trail itself has little to recommend it. It is not in itself pretty....More

1  Thank bkane8
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