Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

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Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail is a 4.9 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
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1404 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

hiking
9 days ago

A little challenging with the 5 y/o but the trooper made it! Proud of her. Other than that, great hike with family and friends. Not too much shade either so properly prepare for it

hiking
20 days ago

Tough hike, great views. The summit is beautiful and also a has an interesting history. A mind and body experience!

21 days ago

Good incline

hiking
22 days ago

Went Sunday morning (5/26/18) and started at 7am. Not as crowded as I thought it would be and it was still cloudy and cool. Hiked to the hotel remains, then all the way up to Inspiration Point. This was my first hike of this distance, but the views of Los Angeles through clouds was well worth my complaining of how tired I was!! I see this page states that the hike is 4.9 miles out and back, but the tracking I used on my cell phone showed that it totaled 11 miles. Regardless, it was well worth it.

23 days ago

Love this trail. Such a beautiful end view. Vistas are 180> degrease at the too!

hiking
23 days ago

Great historical hike.
Heavy traffic on the weekends

29 days ago

Get there early. You will have to park on the street and the later you get there the further you will park from the trailhead. It’s a beautiful hike but it can get packed and the trail is well maintained but narrow. We hiked up to the hotel remains and I regret not taking the extra time to take the detour to inspiration point. Next time!

1 month ago

One of my favorites. Consistent elevation gain, gorgeous views sunrise or sunset. Gets busy, so time accordingly.

1 month ago

the hike to the top is all uphill and there's not much shade but when you get there it's worth the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Started at 6:00am on Sunday morning and had shade all the way up and down from Echo Mountain. Narrow and winding trail with good inclines. A bit crowded but everyone I came across was courteous.

1 month ago

Narrow winding trail with steep incline makes for great workout, 2-3 hours up and down. Amazing views of San Gabriel valley and City. Best views and photos at peak. Wild flowers bloom in the spring. Arrive early to avoid crowds and heat. Plenty of neighborhood parking. Gets hot in the summer.

1 month ago

nice trail. great views when it is not smoggy. start early or after sunset as most of trail and summit do not provide shade. trail is very dry and dusty as well. no water or restrooms available either. very nice trail overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hike with some great views.

1 month ago

straight good point too hike

trail running
1 month ago

Great as a trail run, if a little steep to run on the way up.

1 month ago

Great views in all directions! The trails are steep and narrow at times, but very well kept. Echo mountain is a cool historic site, but I chose to walk back to the junction about 50 yards and continue on to Inspiration point which added about an
hour, but certainly worth it. Prepare for little shade along the entire trail.
Parking is free from 6am-8pm on the street adjacent to the trailhead

hiking
1 month ago

The views from this trail are amazing! Like others have mentioned, the trail itself is quite narrow. When you pass other hikers, you have to stand to the side because of this, but it’s general hiking etiquette anyways. I passed almost 20 other people on the trail on a Friday morning, so I can imagine weekends get crowded. There were quite a few benches on the way up, and lots of picnic tables at the top of Echo Mountain.
Parking was manageable even though I came later on a Friday morning. There are no restrooms at the trailhead, so take care of that before you arrive. I’m a medium paced hiker and it took me about 2 hours to complete (including taking pictures and taking a short rest at the top). I’ll definitely be back with friends!

2 months ago

Very nice !!! Excellent views
Too busy in the weekends

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking views!!!!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

This trailhead was pretty easy to find. The path was straightforward, there wasn’t anywhere to get confused...all options had signage. It was a beautiful day and didn’t seem too crowded...at first. The number of people grew as the day progressed. There were a lot of runners to move over for and dogs on leashes...all nice things for a more social type of walk. If you are looking for solitude this might not be THAT hike, but if you need to practice for THAT hike, this one’s perfect. The hike had a gradual but steady incline...it wasn’t horrible. I enjoyed my day outside and the views over Los Angeles.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike, lots of history... nice lil picnic area at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Shirt and sweet. Good training hike for Wilson.

3 months ago

Great hike this weekend. Right before the storm. After Echo MT. We decided to continue on up to Inspiration Point. What a great decision. Amazing view. But was freezing cold up there. Will definitely do both hikes again.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great training trail. It's long enough and difficult enough for a good workout. Very nice views as well. Just be sure to start early when it's hot because there's not much cover from the sun.

3 months ago

Sadly our group wasn’t able to get to the top but i enjoyed this hike.. great workout and beautiful views! Can’t wait to go back! We also took a different trail starting the hike, that had a type of water fountain and also felt spooky.

hiking
3 months ago

Didn’t make it all the way to Echo Mountain, but will be going back tomorrow, so another review to come soon.

So far, this place is pretty cool. The views are amazing all around, and the bits of history about the old railway is delightful. Can’t wait to go back!

3 months ago

once u get to the top. is amazing

hiking
3 months ago

The day was nice and crisp, some breezes blowing and good sushine. The trail is pretty well maintained. Being a holiday it was heavily trafficked. Next time will be during the week when the trail traffic is lighter.
It is pretty though, and a good hike.

3 months ago

Amazing... will be back

hiking
3 months ago

Not a bad hike...it’s pretty neat at the top seeing the historical sites and the trail is easy to follow. Feeling extra active? Continue on up to Inspiration Point! No restroom along the trail though, so plan ahead!

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