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blue Lower Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.1

Trail

2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,366' 416 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,215' 980 m
Low: 1,849' 564 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

A popular trail connecting Altadena with Echo Mountain.

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Need to Know

There are no restrooms at the start of the trail or on Echo Mountain. The nearest restrooms are at Farnsworth Park on Lake Ave., 3 blocks south of Alta Loma Dr. This is a very popular trail, and it can get very warm. Dogs often suffer due to heat and lack of water. Do not cut switchbacks which cause extensive trail damage.

Parking is in a residential neighborhood. Please be quiet and don't block driveways.

Description

From the intersection of Lake Ave. and Loma Alta Dr., go east 0.1 miles from the Cobb Estate iron gate to the start of the signed trail. The trail descends and crosses a usually dry stream bed before climbing an easily manageable grade. The route passes through open chaparral of laurel sumac, sage, scrub oak and ceanothus with occasional shade from live oaks.

At 2.6 miles there is a junction with Mt. Lowe Railway Trail. The left fork leads to the Mt. Lowe Road. The right forks leads to the junction of the Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2, the Castle Canyon Trail in 0.1 mile and the Echo Mountain ruins slightly beyond.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for poison oak. In spring there are nice areas of scarlet delphinium and other wildflowers.

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Apr 12, 2019
Jason Merrill
Short hike with lots of other people on the trail. But trail had a lot of history surrounding it (White City) which was fun to learn about. 2.7mi
Feb 13, 2019
Dennis Backofen
Started here to get to Echo Mtn, Inspiration pt, & finaly Mt Lowe
Feb 9, 2019
Brandon S
Feb 9, 2019
Nicole Zur
Dec 23, 2018
Tina Bach
2.7mi — 1h 20m
Dec 9, 2018
Tina Bach
5.8mi
Oct 7, 2018
George Privon
5.4mi
Sep 23, 2018
Fulano De Tal

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