Mount Lowe via Eaton Saddle

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Mount Lowe via Eaton Saddle is a 5.6 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.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,266 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

This trail extends 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.

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1 month ago

Probably one of the coolest sunsets I've ever seen out at the peak.

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3 months ago

Hiked with my 10 year old daughter and had a blast.

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4 months ago

I would rate this as an easy hike. Very easy to follow & it was more like 3 miles out and back from Mount Lowe. Very much a walk than a hike in my opinion. Lots of fresh bear scats when we were up there.

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4 months ago

I think we went the "hard" way lol 6.7 miles Mt Lowe rd to Mt Lowe West trail. Up and up ass burner to the peak. a single swing was there. It was a beautiful day. Fun hike with Vista look outs.

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5 months ago

Pretty easy hike with a few off-shoot trails to choose from if you wanted to. Not too much of an incline, but a good, long walk. We did the full loop and a small off-shoot loop for the swing area (had a picnic lunch here too) and did around 7 1/4 miles from start to finish. Highly recommended, beautiful views. There were a couple areas that look like they may have been washed out from the rain we had a few days earlier, so I’d avoid taking small children or pets in those areas. They only had about a 12-15” wide walkway in those areas, although they were very small lengths to travel.

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6 months ago

Narrow and rugged trail to the top of the summit but well worth it. The swing added bonus points!

6 months ago

This is a great trail with plenty of options for extending the hike. Took the right turn off the main trail up to San Gabriel Peak. Great challenging up and down trail. Getting up to Mt. Lowe offers beautiful views, and the less travelled back side of the loop offers a constantly changing scenery along a clearly less travelled path. Overall, wonderful hike!

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6 months ago

Did 3.5 miles round-trip. Amazing views all the way. Made it to the "swing" but was broken already

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6 months ago

Did this the day before New Years Eve and it was great! it was only about ~3 miles though, so not sure if I started at a different place or the total is miscalculated here. The whole hike up is filled with amazing views and even though the incline isn't big, you can still feel it at some points

hiking
6 months ago

Fairly easy hike via Eaton Saddle. About 3.1 round trip. Some shaded areas but also some with none at all. I loved it! Views are amazing

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6 months ago

This was great! I did the 3.5ish mike version. Parked at Eaton Saddle (no adventure pass needed because it was a holiday), followed the trail through the tunnel, and followed the signs up to Mount Lowe. Someone added a swing at the top, which is what prompted my trip there. Beautiful views. I’d rate it moderate - even though the incline wasn’t huge, my heart was still pumping.

It’s also dog friendly, but I’d recommend booties to protect the pup’s paws.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Really nice hike, I started on the fire Road, i to complete my loop on the trail, it was really nice but hard to. Remember Summers here,bring lots of water, if you bring a dog extra water for the dog.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Good trail. Great views. Did San Gabriel peak instead of mt. Lowe. We'll be back.

hiking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Just did a short hike to the old water tank between the west peaks. Nice views. Saw a baby bear near the trail head.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, February 24, 2014

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.

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