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blueBlack Castle Canyon Trail #12W28

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Trail

1.8 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,314' 400 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,516' 1,377 m
Low: 3,202' 976 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

1.8 miles of moderately steep trail connecting Echo Mountain and Muir Peak Road #2N50.A.

John McKinney

Features Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

Not recommended for bicycles or horses. Trail can be narrow with loose rocks.

Description

Look for the start of the trail 0.1 miles south of the end of Lower Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.1 on Echo Mountain. It gently contour around the side of the mountain and enters a canyon shaded with oaks, bay and maple trees. A spring once provided water to Echo Mountain, and the pipes are still visible along the path.

The trail continues a short distance and enters the well-shaded Castle Canyon in 0.8 miles. It can be steep in places but the canyon is usually much cooler than the surrounding areas. After climbing several switchbacks the trail emerges out of the canyon and reaches a saddle known as Inspiration Point. There is a shaded pavilion with tables and historical displays.

Taking a left turn on the Muir Peak Road #2N50.A leads northwest to the saddle where the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50, Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2 and Idlehour Trail 12W16 all converge in about 0.2 miles. Going right leads to the Muir Peak Trail.

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

Chaparral plants ceanothus, scrub oak, laurel sumac, sage are common while live oaks, bigcone spruce, bay and maple trees provide shade in the canyons. Watch for and avoid poison oak.

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Feb 13, 2019
Dennis Backofen
Solid climb to get from Echo Mtn. to Inspiration point.
Dec 23, 2018
Tina Bach
The trail was challenging with trees fallen across in areas with steep drop-offs and very narrow trail. 1.8mi — 1h 00m
Nov 13, 2018
Kevin P
Feb 25, 2018
Madrim Kusumadewi
2.4mi
Jan 10, 2018
Matt LeBlanc
Feb 2, 2017
Alex Ojeda
2.2mi
Oct 17, 2015
psykokid
Jan 17, 2015
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  3.8 from 12 votes

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#704

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