Mt. Lowe via Eaton Saddle is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hidden Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a 3.2 mile out and back trail from Eaton Saddle near Mt. Wilson to the summit of Mt. Lowe. Eaton Saddle is also a great option to several peaks and the railway loop if you only have a few hours. Head down Mt. Lowe Road thru Mueller tunnel and follow till you reach an intersection of trails. The trail on the left will have a marker designating Mt Lowe. This will be the East Mt. Lowe Trail. When you reach the saddle between Mt. Markham and Mt. Lowe veer right. At the next junction you will switchback to the right. Once you arrive to a third junction near the peak veer left. However if you make a right at this junction it makes for a longer adventure along the West Mt. Lowe Trail down to a lower portion of Mt. Lowe Road. Return to Eaton Saddle via Mt. Lowe Road. Eaton Saddle also is a quick jumping off point to Mt Markham, San Gabriel Peak, or Mt. Disappointment.
Did this trail as a "Family Hike" with the Boy Scout troop and it was well received all around. Make sure you have an Adventure Pass to park at the trailhead. Closest bathrooms are at the Red Box turn, so plan accordingly. Benches at the top make a great place to take in the views and have a snack.
This is one of my favorite hikes in Socal. It's not hard, but you'll still get a decent workout. The views are amazing too.
Good trail. Great views. Did San Gabriel peak instead of mt. Lowe. We'll be back.
Just did a short hike to the old water tank between the west peaks. Nice views. Saw a baby bear near the trail head.
Such a great quickie hike. Needed to check out for an afternoon and this was the perfect trail to tick off. I've done lowe via Sam Merrill Trail before but it was a fantastic route to take from the Saddle (not to mention low impact.) Besides the peak one of the best parts is the expansive view you get of the valley below a few minutes after you leave the fire road for the summit trail. My adventure pug made it no problem (he sets a hard pace so I wouldn't bring a typical small dog along). All in all this is a 5 star quickie. I know this area in the summer and would not set out too late but on a 70's LA day this is a nice cool hike at any part of the day.
This was a fun last minute hike. Very interesting because these trails are very old..part of the Mt. Lowe Railway. You can explore all over the place up here and find old remnants of the complex here and there as well as information plaques at points of interest. This hike is fairly easy but I would say it is moderate because it can be very rocky and some sections you are on a very narrow single track with a large drop (not for everyone). There were mountain bikes on this trail, but some of them had a rough go because of the rocky sections.