Explore the most popular camping trails near Altadena with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a 45m hard since the beginning, after that is moderated all the way to the top, closest to inspiration point, very good hiking

Not very much shade, but an amazing view at the top with the railway ruins! Bring yo’ sunscreen.

Great hike with good LA history at the top. It’s all up hill with very little shade so plan accordingly with water and a hat. Also it’s street parking and it can get busy. Dog friendly

Great trail. Good for dogs. Probably not kids, though. Very steep in places.

Nice but a lot of up and down and much of it is heavily trafficked.

Distance:
5 miles to Echo Mountain (2.5 up and 2.5 down)
10 miles to Inspiration Point (5 miles and 5 miles down)

Hike through some unique LA history as you churn those legs upward to the Echo Mountain resort ruins. The trail has constant elevation and is a really solid workout. Once you get to the ruins (2.5 miles), take a break, explore the remains, and eat your lunch or snacks here. It is quite enjoyable yelling into the echo phone and hearing your voice reverberate through the mountains - it really carries through clearly!

Now if you want to make this hike special, I HIGHLY recommend going from the ruins and trekking all the way up to Inspiration Point via the Sam Merrill trail or the Castle Canyon (both these entrances are marked with plaques that look identical). This is where the trail gets more isolated, rugged, narrow, and is much steeper! The Sam Merrill trail once you get towards the top, brings you through the backside of mountain where you venture into the shaded wilderness of the woods - really loved this change in the landscape. The Castle Canyon trail ascends up much faster and steeper than its counterpart and is a major workout where you will be huffing and puffing until you get to the top. Be aware of potential mountain bikers trekking down these trails, I was pretty shocked to have 3 of them go by us as the trails were narrow, quite impressive honestly. Once at Inspiration point, soak in the views and lay down before heading back to the trailhead. They have these cool, hollow telescope tubes that are labeled by LA's neighborhoods (silverlake, venice, etc). These aren't actual telescopes but if you had one this would be the perfect time to use it. There are also a good amount of hawks or ravens up here so make sure to gaze and be amazed as they soar around you, I even saw one doing some tricks in the air!

A beautiful mountain hike that is not too far from the city!

Parking: There is free parking at the base of the trailhead.

trail running
19 days ago

my happy place

Very nice hiking! Beautiful view

very nice view.

So beautiful!!!

As soon as you hit the trail you’re climbing switchbacks all the way up until you hit Echo Mountain point. Beautiful views as your climbing and at the top of Echo Mountain. We went up to Inspiration Point thru Castle canyon trail, it’s a challenging trail with plenty of shade and great views. We came down the Sam Merrill Trail from inspiration point, at first it was nice, lovely tress and shade but then it was switchbacks all the way down with full sun exposure and no shade. As challenging as castle canyon trail is I Would definitely do this hike again.

Great trail, especially late-afternoon when I did it. It took me 2 1/2 hours and I was booking it, so I would definitely allow yourself 3 for sure. I combined the Dawn Mine Trail, which takes you down into a thickly wooded ravine with lots of boulders and a lovely stream, with the Mount Lowe Railway Trail, which is paved but still really nice, on the return. It took me about 1-1 1/4 hours to get to the Dawn Mine area, and then you can turn left and head up the hillside and then return along the ridge, which gives you great views of Altadena all the way to Downtown LA. Highly recommended. Only say about 10 people the whole time. Can't wait to go again!

Really nice area but the gate was locked and couldn’t get in, they replaced the fence AND. got stuck in the mud right before the gate. Geez bad day I’ll tell ya what.....

Did this trail earlier today and it was invigorating to say the least!!! I didn’t know I had a fear of heights until hiking this trail because the path really gets narrow and steep with loose rocks so you really need to watch your step. The views were amazing and the weather was beautiful. I was prepared and had lunch up top at the picnic area where the big house used to be. That view is a must see. Great for those that have some experience and aren’t afraid of heights. Will definitely be back to hike the other trails!

lush, densely covered, walk along stream to the gold mine. however, it is very buggy. bring spray or a net to cover your face.

going back up to the ridge the bugs go away and reveal nice city and natural views.

in terms of foot traffic, I ran into small groups every 30 minutes or so.

will go again.

1 month ago

Very scenic and enjoyable hike. Lots of bugs though, bring some repellent. Parts of the trail were very overgrown and I could swear I heard growling at one point (!). But I definitely recommend this hike. Lots of shade and different terrain, and seeing the mine at the end was exciting, even if it is closed.

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We did this trail on daylight. moderate hike to the dawn mine sign. if you go down to the right, you will see what it used to be the mine. The mine is now covered with steel but you can peak with a flashlight. We couldn't find a way to go in the mine. Even if there was, I didn't wonder around to much.
be aware of the bee hive on the tree on top to the left of the sign that says dawn mine. These bees will follow you and sting you.
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Lots of shade. Nice creek. Took about 3.5 hrs.

Took this trail downward coming from Chantry. Did a solid 24 mile hike. Reviewing this section because I wanted to give a shout out to the chap we bummed water from because we were at dangerous levels of dehydration. Lesson one, this whole area is very dry and has no water to speak of. Exiting from this location coming from Red Box, make sure you have tons of water during the summer.

Nice winding narrow cliff trail with great views. Not for those afraid of heights or children. Up top you will find the old mountain house ruins and history plaques making it my favorite hike thus far.

A beautiful shady loop with lots of points of interest among the way and breathtaking views from Inspiration Point. I question whether it’s 4.9 Miles as in the description. While the elevation gain is accurate, I think it’s more like 6-6.5 and others along the way agreed. Recommend doing the loop clockwise, as the descent down from Dawn Mine would be a bit more challenging.

2 months ago

Great workout. Nice view in lieu of copious smog. The 'Echo Phone' is a blast!

Excellent hike. We exactly followed the route in the app, and my new Garmin GPS has the distance at 11.6 miles, which is longer than the advertised 9.8. The vertical gain is spot on. Need to be wary of mountain bikes going fast downhill, particularly on the single track portions. Suggest you plan a forecasted clear day to really enjoy the view from Inspiration Point.

My favorite hiking trail, the sunrise and sunset is amazing and it’s quick and easy.

Amazing workout and views!

Fantastic hike! Give yourself about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete. It can definitely be finished faster but allow yourself some time to scramble on the rocks. Trail gets a little confusing at times, just used the map to help me navigate.
Also be sure to leave before the 8PM as the gates to park close.

This trail is great if you are looking for a solid 5 mile hike. It is a great hike if you are looking for a workout. You gain a decent amount of elevation (1400 ft) so you get high enough for a view of the San Gabriel Valley. The air conditions were pretty terrible with the smog from Los Angeles and the smoke from the several forest fires throughout SoCal. It is a very crowded trail so I prefer doing it at night and being able to see all of the city lights. I did see a rattle snake right on the trail so I would be aware and not play your music too loud so you can hear it.

I usually go to this hike but not during summer and it’s great. The only complaint I have is that some people aren’t considerate of the trail. Whether it is picking up after themselves or not making space for other people to get through I took off a star. The reason I say this is because it is a narrow trail and some can go down in pairs next to each other and the person going up doesn’t have space. All I’m saying is be mindful to stop and let that person go or not stand next to each other going up or down.

Otherwise great hike.

Nice and very hard . Yes

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