This is a great hike along the Mt. Lowe Road
and back down along a creek for a loop.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views
Start at the parking lot at Chaney Trail
, heading up the Mt. Lowe Road
. Turn left onto Sunset Ridge Trail
(not the first turnoff that goes down towards the lower parking lot). This trail is very narrow singletrack with a few exposed sections. Keep an eye open for poison oak in the spring and summer when the trail can be a bit overgrown. Most of the trail is shaded, and there are several winding switchbacks that lead you through the trees.
Follow this all the way up (keep right) until it ends at Mt. Lowe Road
. Continue up the road a bit until you see a trail heading down towards Dawn Mine in the canyon. This trail should take you down to the river, where you'll follow the river all the way back to an early chunk of the Sunset Ridge Trail