Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
HIked today with 100 F temp. Had to take many stops along the way under the small trees/cliff side. The view is always great especially when no one else is there besides yourself.
nice trail with nice views. now if only they could pickup after their dogs.
Love this hike! Great workout. I will definitely do it again.
With 1300 feet elevation gain in about 2.7 miles, this hike is a legit workout. The view at the top is one of the best of LA, but next time I'll go on a weekday (Sunday was busy).
Go all the way to Inspiration Point! It's worth it!
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.
Very nice trail, good workout! Just not stroller friendly oops lol
Surprisingly challenging, up up up!
it was hot in this day, but beautiful.
Start in the city...and end up in the pines! You can take the extension of this trail all the way to Inspiration Point (RT: ~10 mi, EG: ~2,800 ft.) for some truly inspiring views! Great hill trainer with a few technical spots & some steep drops-but the views are simply rewarding! You'll even run into a few pine trees & maybe some singing Blue Jays:D Just be sure you *start* adequately hydrated & of course "run with water" as this is a mostly southern face, exposed trail.
Brutal in summer heat. One nalgene won't do it. Cool payoff at the top, but otherwise not an exciting hike via this route. Would recommend coming in from the North.
Good, a lil shady areas but not many.... Take water... Total was 7.8 miles... Def inclination will wear u out if yor not a current hiker... But once at the top its beautiful view of city...
Beautiful view, great hike ! Next time coming early to watch the sunrise !!!
Non stop uphill. Totally worth it
Great work out. Pretty view and picnic area at the top of the mountain. Bring water- not too much shade.