Mooney C. on Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail
Pretty moderate hike. Great for dogs and kids. Many picnic tables and cool historic stuff on the top
Love this trail to train on. Gets me in running shape quickly! Definitely a good elevation gain in 2.7 miles (rt is just shy of 6). I'm up and back down in about 75-85 minutes. Go early or late since this trail has very little shade. If there's a full moon out, there will be plenty of people on the trail even at night! Love it!
Alden V. on Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail
nice trail with nice views. now if only they could pickup after their dogs.
Start at Cobb Estate, take the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain - 2.5 miles of switchbacks with a steady incline. I started at 8:30a and there were quite a few people there heading up. The trail is nicely maintained, with prominent trail markers along the way. Once you hit Echo Mountain you can rest and take in some of the history from the hotel that burned in early 1900's, and remnants of the Mt Lowe Railway. Once you've regained your momentum, you can go two ways to get to Inspiration Point: go to the far right trail for Castle Canyon (adds an additional 2.2 miles one way to your trip) or the Mt Lowe Railway Trail (additional 3.6 miles one way). There were a few areas of the trail that had trash (those that had to "go" left their used tissue on the trail) so please pack what you take. Overall, took me 6 hours, total of 12.2 miles. Not super hard, but not easy either, definitely a leg burner. Watch for mountain bikers on the narrow trail - most have bells so you can hear them coming.