Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

MODERATE 584 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

20 minutes ago

so much fun running down! awesome echo phone :) amazing old incline remnants

23 hours ago

really fun. safe to hike at night with a headlamp. Watch out for poles, cables and uneven parts. beautiful views of LA

hiking
1 day ago

Went by this past Monday, for the first time. The trail was more of a workout than I thought, which is awesome. It's great cardio. It was really hot and that of course might make you slow down a bit. Take a lot of water, and once at the old resort take it all in. Not your usual destination at the end of hikes. If you're feeling good, hit up Inspiration Point via Sam Merril trail to Castle Canyon Trail. I'll leave a review for that hike as well, which is a great workout. Back to this trial, many, many switch backs and this might mislead some to think it's too short, not at all. You'll back and forth, back and forth and finally hit the top, and once there, you'll feel the sense of accomplishment.

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5 days ago

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5 days ago

One of my favorite trails... I've been here in mornings, afternoons, and nights. The city view on Echo Mountain is awesome

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14 days ago

I went over Memorial weekend, early in the morning and I'm glad I did. It was tough but doable. Go early so the sun is not on the side of the mountain when going up. Have water, you'll need it. Pack a lite lunch that you can enjoy while taking in the spectacular view once you get to the top.

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15 days ago

Great workout and chill view at the top! I went mid day and so the heat was pretty intense but all in all worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

It's a very popular trail so I feel safe if hike alone. Make it to inspiration point! The view is worthy.

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24 days ago

This is a great hike you can do alone, the trails are narrow but well marked and the views are awesome. Bring water and enjoy the views at the top of Echo Mt. If you are up for a challenge, you can continue another to inspiration point for even better views.