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
Pretty moderate hike. Great for dogs and kids. Many picnic tables and cool historic stuff on the top
Great hike. However i took the Castle Canyon trail to Inspiration Point once i reached Echo Mountain and looped around the middle Sam Merrill trail (Sunset trail) on the way back. 10 mile hike overall roundtrip.
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!
Great views! Get there early, the heat, and people.. It can get busy with people.
good work out
Longer than I expected but totally worth it! You feel very accomplished when you reach the top and see the view of the city.
Good workout. Exposed so go early or late.
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!