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

hiking
28 days ago

We hiked 9 am-noon on a Saturday. The parking on Mt. Wilson Road was nearly full including with a bunch of mountain bikers, so it was a delight to find that on the trail, even on a summer Saturday, we only saw about a dozen other hikers and three bikes the whole time. Decided to follow the map hiking out via the road and then coming back via Mount Lowe summit. The Mount Lowe summit trail is easy to overlook and we almost headed on all the way to Inspiration Point, but turned back. There's intermittent shade, especially in the morning, for much of the way, especially the middle 2 miles or so. Easy walk out and downhill on the road, more rigorous steep ascent up to Mt. Lowe summit on the way back, punctuated by handy and charming viewfinders. Great views of the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles basin - and all the way to the ocean if you're lucky.

Saw a sweet little horny toad atop of Mt. Lowe, a few hummingbirds and butterflies along the way and what looked like a bunch of tiny squirrels inside the tunnel near the trailhead.