Fun trail with the historical photos and info along the way! I would come again. Come early morn. Little shade gets hot. Heavy traffic on trail and bikers with NARROW paths.

Nice but confusing!

On most trails hikers have the right of way. Unless the rules of a specific trail indicate otherwise, you are always better off assuming hikers have the right of way on the trail. This means to be diligent to pay attention and keep an eye out for hikers, slow down when you encounter them, and offer to move out of their way when you meet them on the trail. For the most part, hikers will typically be the ones to step aside and allow you to pass because they recognize you’re bigger than them, moving much faster, and it’s easier for them to give you room to pass than for you to do so. Just don’t ever assume that since many hikers will give up the right of way that they all should. Always be courteous and never expect a hiker to give up ground when they do not, by rights, have to. This means even when you’re traveling through a particularly gnarly technical section or a steep downhill. Even if it’s hard to stop, the hiker still technically has the right of way, so always be prepared to stop. We suggest installing a bike bell with a loud, clear ring so that you can clearly announce your presence when you come upon a hiker. (Yes, this even means for the dude with headphones blaring so loud he never noticed your presence.) If you don’t have a bell, call out your presence as best you can. Be polite. Say, “Hello,” or, “Have a great hike!” Ask them if they need anything if they appear to be in distress in any way. Offer water to hikers you find who are not carrying a water bottle. Above all, if a hiker is a jerk to you, don’t be one back. Keep your cool and ride onward. Choose to be a good ambassador for the sport of mountain biking, even toward those who don’t deserve it. Source: https://ntxtrails.com/who-has-the-right-of-way-on-mountain-bike-trails/

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over grown
2 days ago

Great quick trail that really feels like a lot more than it is. I like to power walk my best up and jog back down. It could get crowded on the weekend so I suggest you come as early as you can to avoid a slowdown. But other than that I have nothing else to say. Very beautiful trail.

Park on the street and walk to entrance at the top of Lake Street. This was a good conditioning hike, a constant incline to the top. Narrow path forces you to pass closely with other hikers/runners going opposite direction. Heavily trafficked. The View is pretty cool from the top. Estimate 2% shade, which means all sun except for a few trees near the top. We stopped at the picnic benches to rest and have a snack on top of Echo Mountain after reading all of the posting about the history of the site. We added almost another mile by taking the Middle Sam Merrill trail up towards an old "ruin" (I think from Mt Lowe railway or some building). We ran out of time, but we wanted to see where that trail led to.

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scramble
6 days ago

Great views of Pasadena, many old pictures to depict where the railways system used to be. Nice trail overall with one water stream on our way back.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

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6 days ago

If you do the full loop, do it clockwise and make sure you have a lot of water. The first mile and a half are uphill and definitely tough. It levels out and once you get to echo mountain the rest is easy

There are no signs indicating this trail is closed, and we went on May 29. I recommend going counter-clockwise if you go, as another comment mentions, because coming down Castle Canyon felt a little unsafe- lots of loose rock, and it's steep. I had my boots on and still fell more than once. I would go up Castle Canyon and down Sam Merrill, or just using Sam Merrill for both directions.

Nice trail. Started from parking lot just northeast of JPL at 1:37 p.m. on Saturday. Walked up Lower Brown Mountain Road (I think it is also known as Fern Truck Trail) to a three-way junction with Brown Mountain Road to the left and downhill to the right toward El Prieto Trail. I want left along Brown Mountain Road. Grade from the beginning to the end of Brown Mountain Road was gentle and surface was nice. I passed a few bikers both ways, who were courteous. I passed five hikers, all of whom were going in opposite direction. Last hiker didn't want to speak to me. I took a snack break right below Wella's Peak, where there is a sign showing beginning of Ken Burton Trail. Soon after I started on Ken Burton, one biker hollered from behind to let me know he was passing me. After him I saw no biker or hiker until I came to Paul Little Picnic Area. Although signs say Oakwilde Trail Camp is along the way, it was completely gone, and I could not find it. Following the stream down is a little tricky since there is no sign. I crossed the stream 7 or 8 times to try to follow footprints or bike tire marks. I ended up at the top of the dam. I was scared when I looked over the dam to see how far water was falling over the dam. I came back the way I went downstream and finally found the beginning of the trail on the east side of the stream. When I arrived at Paul Little it was 7 p.m. I did the entire trail back to my car in about 6 hours and 20 minutes, not counting time I took to take pictures and eat. Leaving late has advantages because most people ride or hike early as long as you don't get stranded along the trail after dark. Ken Burton Trail is a little overgrown and has tree branches hanging from one side that will poke your head if you are not careful. Some of the switchbacks on KB Trail were steep but manageable. Late May is the best time to do this trail because there is not too much water, and weather is nice. I would do it again.

Nothing too special. Nice views at the top. Steep and little shade. I’d actually recommend doing the Dawn Mine Trail and once you hit the fire road at the top, you can turn left and go an extra .8 miles to Echo Mountain. This will make the total mileage around 8 miles but the Dawn Mine trail has much more shade, follows a river, and a more gradual incline.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Warning—just avoid it when it is sunny out... literally no shade for miles uphill... it’s at that perfect angle

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bugs
off trail
rocky
9 days ago

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10 days ago

Stacey and group)10)

Very cool hike! Easy

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bugs
rocky
11 days ago

Trail is nice, the start is over grown as you make your way down to the campground. From there its shaded most of the time and had several small creek crossings.

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