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Great workout!! 2.5 miles up hill to the railway. Lots of cool things to see & really awesome views. On a clear day u can see the ocean. The only drawback is that it is very crowded. But overall it’s a Fun hike! Beware of the sun! Not a lot of shade at all... great in the cooler weather. Bring lots of water.

Love this hike!! Beautiful & challenging

Very fun trail, it's up hill but you get great exercise and very nice views.

Views are great! It's best to head out before 6:30am to avoid the crowds.

Does anyone know if this and/or the Grotto trail are back open? I'd love to check at the Grotto after all the recent rain fall!

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5 days ago

11/26/18

Nice trail with wonderful views of LA. Too crowded, though. Get there early to find good parking.

Sandstone peak is all time for short hikes with an awesome view. Especially when it’s clear. Always pretty quiet during the weekdays also. Hiked this the day before the Woolsey fire came through.. Saw the Oaks fire start while sitting at Tri Peaks Point.

We deviated from the trail (shortened the distance) as we planned on doing multiple hikes. We started at the Angeles Crest Highway at the base of Winston Peak. We took the PCT trail to the left of the dirt road and hiked on it until we rejoined the dirt road about a mile down the tail and then proceeded on the road to Cooper Canyon Campground. We then rejoined the PCT hiking towards Winston Ridge and continued on the PCT until it returned to our starting point. This route is about 5.5 miles and has an elevation gain of about 1300 feet. I would estimate that about half of the trail was snow covered. It was a very enjoyable hike. I gave it four stars only because there was only one spot that gave a good vista view.

The most being sunsets!

Good trail. Too much traffic for me.

上山走了一个半小时,下山1个小时,总长6.1miles, 很累也很爽

Did an out and back on this trail today, took about 3 hours - absolutely gorgeous hike. The trail had some hard ice in several places so microspikes and poles were needed (and appreciated!), we hit softer snow as you hit the peak. The incline is gradual and very moderate. Didn't see many people at all, just a few couples and groups, which made it for a very peaceful hike. I highly recommend this one, the views are spectacular - just be sure to check the weather and trail conditions beforehand. Parking is across from the trailhead in a small lot, and Adventure Day Pass is required.

This may be my favorite hike in LA. Has a bit of everything. Good incline/decline, waterfall, river trail, canyon, cliffside, rock-hopping, history etc. The dog loved it and it was super quiet with some amazing views of Downtown to the Valley.

Really easy to find the trails, just keep left for the most part and there are clear signs/markers guiding you accordingly. When you get around to the top you have some options to get down and you can see how it links up to some other trails as well.

Great hike for a bit of solitude and beautiful 360 degree views from the top. I was able to see Catalina Island and Channel islands today. The distance is closer to 8 miles and 2500' elevation gain measured from the fire road gate. Good training road for a new trail runner as well.

I brought my dog here and he got a tick. the trail was steep for about 1.5 long miles.

The trail is very peaceful besides the fact that it is haunted. Suitable for trail running if you're training for uphill portions. I had to mostlt power hike.

Great views! Mostly in the open. Few trees.

Definitely worth the hike. Such a great work out. Switchbacks at the beginning of the trail did not disappoint. Beautiful scenery all the way to the top. It was fun reading the historical placards on the trail describing the old Mt. Lowe Railway. When you get to the top there is plenty to explore at the Echo Mountain House ruins. I could image what it was like at the turn of the century with local Angelenos escaping the city for the peace and quiet of this place. The sunsets are out of this world. Yelling into the Echo phone was fun. Will be coming back for sure. Next time the plan is to make it to Inspiration Point. Another 2 mile trek past Echo Mountain.

Beautiful loop hike. I started on the left side which is good because is the more challenging half. Pay attention to All Trails map and look at the path to avoid getting lost. Had to park a mile before the start since gate was closed due to Gov shutdown:

Terrible. unless you like Mexican trash left on the trail and Mexican boom boxes playing their music super loud. They have no respect.

Great hike, great views...

alltrails says 4 miles but when I finished down at the road my fitbit said 8 miles. this trail is beautiful. the views are awesome. the trail along the cliff gets tight at times when u have oncoming hikers that you have to share the path with lots of switch backs along the cliff, and random spots of shade. it's about a consistent 4 mile climb up. challenging but not impossible. make sure to take breaks when needed and bring at least 2L of water. when u get to the top make sure to just stop and take a look around. the sights are awesome. they have a echo phone back along the back towards the back of where the building was that you can yelll things into, u wait like 6 seconds as it travels through the cliffs and then echos back. the way down u can def catch some speed so be careful. otherwise, easy peasy.

Did this today with a group and it’s definitely worth the trek up from the closed gate (due to gov’t shutdown) to the trailhead. But we couldn’t find the loop also. Made it to the mine entrance and then kept going north and ended up at the trailhead for Tom Sloan Saddle, Bear Canyon, Gabrielino Trail and Mt. Lowe (2 trails here). We should’ve doubled back to find the sign for Dawn Station, which I believe would have connected to the loop on Mt. Lowe. We ended up going back the way we came since we didn’t want to get lost. It was cold throughout and there was water on the creek which made the hike so beautiful. I’m new to hiking but this hike has been one of the nicer ones in the LA County area. I’ll definitely try it again and find the loop.

Great trail with many views and lots of history to explore at the top. Yelling into the echo device was way more fun than I imagined it would be.

What a beautiful trail through the woods. The climb going clockwise is not bad at all- constant but very gradual.

As of late December, much of the trail is covered in hard ice and trekking poles are a must. I would even bring micro spikes if you have them. I’d also make it an out and back to the summit rather than a loop because the fire road on the way down (going clockwise) is covered in snow and quite difficult to find in places without using the map.

Killer uphill run. Everyone is so nice even when you’re hauling ass down hill, people move out of the way if you’re running. I’ve yet to encounter anybody that’s rude. I love the attitude of everyone the hikes this place! With that said if you’re looking for a solitude run or hike this is not the place. There is usually a ton of people. But if you’re courteous people will be nice back. The view @ the top is amazing on a clear day. If you decide to go to inspiration point it is about two more miles uphill. Be nice and pick up your trash!

Great views with interesting history at the summit, but if you are looking for a quiet hike and some solitude, this isn’t for you. There were too many people- cell phone calls, music, and just all around a cluster.

Arrived at 9am and there were not many people, maybe because it was Friday and it was very windy. Found street parking immediately, maybe a 2-minute walk from the entrance. The first part of the hike was a bit confusing because of the intersection of trails but once that was done, the trail was easy to follow. Took a few breaks during the hike up due to the incline and being a bit out of shape. On the way up you encounter many amazing views and some benches.

The view at the top was spectacular and definitely worth it. There are picnic tables to have a nice lunch break. I did not see any trash bins so make sure to take your trash with you. There are also different spots in which you can take selfies and pictures of the city. I was amazed that you can see the Pacific Ocean from the mountain. You could also hear people’s voices echoing from Inspiration Point. There is a sign with a trail that leads to Inspiration Point for anyone who wants to check that out. I returned to my car at about noon so the round drop hike took about 3 hours (including small breaks going up and eating at the picnic area). Beware, you lose cell signal so plan accordingly.

Definitely plan to return but this time hike to Inspiration Point.

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