Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

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Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, California 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.

5.5 miles 1469 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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Definitely a workout since you are walking uphill the entire time! I have a dog but I won't recommend taking your dog since the paths get extremely narrow and there are ALWAYS people hiking this trail. I recommend going by yourself first then after you see for yourself take your dog! Be careful now though. I saw a couple of snakes last week when I went. Nice view.

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16 days ago

This is one of those trails that you can actually get a great workout. Whether you are hiking or running,you will feel the body burn some calories!

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18 days ago

Easy hike. Outstanding view of sunset and city lights at night. Would come back for the rewarding view at night.

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24 days ago

Great hike! It's a very nice grade for anyone's pace. Found the hike up great and the run down with that spectacular view!

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26 days ago

Great quick hike into the hills to check out the old hotel and railway ruins

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27 days ago

It's a tough hike but you feel accomplished once you get to inspiration point. Make sure you take plenty of water and take your time hiking up it.

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29 days ago

Winding singletrack all the way up to the top where you're rewarded with a fascinating history lesson about the hotel and railway that burned to the ground well at the top over a hundred years ago. The vista views are spectacular, and there are picnic tables at the top for a lunch break. Took the dog but definitely kept her on leash the whole time - natural erosion has made parts of the singletrack more narrow, with a steep drop on the other side. Would definitely go up again, took about 2 hours round trip but we ran a lot of the descent just for fun.

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29 days ago

Great Sunday after church hike, not to crowded and weather was prefect.