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.

Views are great! It's best to head out before 6:30am to avoid the crowds.

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2 days ago

11/26/18

Nice trail with wonderful views of LA. Too crowded, though. Get there early to find good parking.

Great trail with lots of wildlife. Have spotted bobcat and coyote and high variety of birds. It’s dog friendly!

Great views! It's also worth branching off to summit Mt. Lowe at the top.

The most being sunsets!

Good trail. Too much traffic for me.

上山走了一个半小时,下山1个小时,总长6.1miles, 很累也很爽

Fantastic!

This may be my favorite hike in LA. Has a bit of everything. Good incline/decline, waterfall, river trail, canyon, cliffside, rock-hopping, history etc. The dog loved it and it was super quiet with some amazing views of Downtown to the Valley.

Really easy to find the trails, just keep left for the most part and there are clear signs/markers guiding you accordingly. When you get around to the top you have some options to get down and you can see how it links up to some other trails as well.

I brought my dog here and he got a tick. the trail was steep for about 1.5 long miles.

The trail is very peaceful besides the fact that it is haunted. Suitable for trail running if you're training for uphill portions. I had to mostlt power hike.

Definitely worth the hike. Such a great work out. Switchbacks at the beginning of the trail did not disappoint. Beautiful scenery all the way to the top. It was fun reading the historical placards on the trail describing the old Mt. Lowe Railway. When you get to the top there is plenty to explore at the Echo Mountain House ruins. I could image what it was like at the turn of the century with local Angelenos escaping the city for the peace and quiet of this place. The sunsets are out of this world. Yelling into the Echo phone was fun. Will be coming back for sure. Next time the plan is to make it to Inspiration Point. Another 2 mile trek past Echo Mountain.

Beautiful loop hike. I started on the left side which is good because is the more challenging half. Pay attention to All Trails map and look at the path to avoid getting lost. Had to park a mile before the start since gate was closed due to Gov shutdown:

Terrible. unless you like Mexican trash left on the trail and Mexican boom boxes playing their music super loud. They have no respect.

Great hike, great views...

alltrails says 4 miles but when I finished down at the road my fitbit said 8 miles. this trail is beautiful. the views are awesome. the trail along the cliff gets tight at times when u have oncoming hikers that you have to share the path with lots of switch backs along the cliff, and random spots of shade. it's about a consistent 4 mile climb up. challenging but not impossible. make sure to take breaks when needed and bring at least 2L of water. when u get to the top make sure to just stop and take a look around. the sights are awesome. they have a echo phone back along the back towards the back of where the building was that you can yelll things into, u wait like 6 seconds as it travels through the cliffs and then echos back. the way down u can def catch some speed so be careful. otherwise, easy peasy.

Did this today with a group and it’s definitely worth the trek up from the closed gate (due to gov’t shutdown) to the trailhead. But we couldn’t find the loop also. Made it to the mine entrance and then kept going north and ended up at the trailhead for Tom Sloan Saddle, Bear Canyon, Gabrielino Trail and Mt. Lowe (2 trails here). We should’ve doubled back to find the sign for Dawn Station, which I believe would have connected to the loop on Mt. Lowe. We ended up going back the way we came since we didn’t want to get lost. It was cold throughout and there was water on the creek which made the hike so beautiful. I’m new to hiking but this hike has been one of the nicer ones in the LA County area. I’ll definitely try it again and find the loop.

Great trail with many views and lots of history to explore at the top. Yelling into the echo device was way more fun than I imagined it would be.

Mostly paved, by an unattractive road. Does have an open view that is pretty at sunset, but not great if you want a quick hike in the wilderness. Fine for a leisurely walk though.

Killer uphill run. Everyone is so nice even when you’re hauling ass down hill, people move out of the way if you’re running. I’ve yet to encounter anybody that’s rude. I love the attitude of everyone the hikes this place! With that said if you’re looking for a solitude run or hike this is not the place. There is usually a ton of people. But if you’re courteous people will be nice back. The view @ the top is amazing on a clear day. If you decide to go to inspiration point it is about two more miles uphill. Be nice and pick up your trash!

Great views with interesting history at the summit, but if you are looking for a quiet hike and some solitude, this isn’t for you. There were too many people- cell phone calls, music, and just all around a cluster.

Arrived at 9am and there were not many people, maybe because it was Friday and it was very windy. Found street parking immediately, maybe a 2-minute walk from the entrance. The first part of the hike was a bit confusing because of the intersection of trails but once that was done, the trail was easy to follow. Took a few breaks during the hike up due to the incline and being a bit out of shape. On the way up you encounter many amazing views and some benches.

The view at the top was spectacular and definitely worth it. There are picnic tables to have a nice lunch break. I did not see any trash bins so make sure to take your trash with you. There are also different spots in which you can take selfies and pictures of the city. I was amazed that you can see the Pacific Ocean from the mountain. You could also hear people’s voices echoing from Inspiration Point. There is a sign with a trail that leads to Inspiration Point for anyone who wants to check that out. I returned to my car at about noon so the round drop hike took about 3 hours (including small breaks going up and eating at the picnic area). Beware, you lose cell signal so plan accordingly.

Definitely plan to return but this time hike to Inspiration Point.

I come here regularly because it's beautiful and has nice scenery and trail, it's a good workout and it's not super long. A normal person can get used to it and get to top in less than 75min by doing it couple of times despite not being an easy hike at first. When you get to top is really nice and has a shady picnic area and couple of benches.

The only con is it's not all the way shady and if it's a warm or hot day it'll bother you a bit. Also after April when it gets hot there'll be a lot of flies and mosquitos so get prepared for it by bringing replant.

Definitely a gorgeous and beautiful hike. Unfortunately, like someone else had mentioned, we couldn’t figure out to get around the loop. Also, FYI, you apparently need a pass to park here—but he said park rangers might go easy on us since it was Christmas Day.

We first got to the first split off, For sunset ridge and mount Lowe. We went the sunset ridge route.

Then we came across the second split, one leading to the left where a government owned cabin resides, with a small bridge. We decided to take the left because the right continued to sunset ridge and I read it wasn’t very scenic.

The left was very scenic, especially since it rained the night before, so the foliage was lush, the air was crisp, and everything was so beautiful!

However, we weren’t paying attention too much, so at one point, we went left instead of right, and had to climb over some rocky / boulder terrain to get back on the path. This was probably halfway to the highest elevation point on the trail, where you loop back around.

Then we tried to follow the maps recorded path more but got turned around at one sign that said dawn mine ahead. Before you follow that sign, to your left, there is a small pathway that leads to an empty square sized lot. Looks like at one point there was a small house or cabin on it. But there is nothing left. It overlooked the creek area.


As we continued on, we decided to follow a dirt pathway with a stone foundation, leading up, up, which finally led to a 3 split way. One way that pointed left to a Todd (I think), one led to the right to mt. Dawn (Lowe? Maybe? something like that), and then bottom back to sunset ridge (parking it said, the way we came). We tried going to the “right” pathway , but we ended up all the way to the top of a small mountain/hill peak where we realized they weren’t really trails and had to gingerly go back down.

Granted, we aren’t experienced hikers but it still was still fun and we will probably try the sunset ridge trail to see if that leads us properly around the loop. It was very fun and adventurous and didn’t see like a moderate hike.

Maybe only because it is hard to find the trail, it’s considered moderate? There wasn’t too much steep hills.

We brought our two small chihuahua mix dogs with us. They were troopers!

Go early and view the great morning sunrise. This trails is a moderate incline hike all the way through. I would definitely do it again. A great workout without the need of checking your time. There is a picnic area when you reach the top with beautiful views to the city or into the mountain range. Make sure to read the street signs before parking your vehicle. Enjoy and stay classy!

I normally go hiking around 6 but this time came around 9. Way too late! Super crowded and you get stuck behind people. It’s a nice city hike with a billion annoying switch backs. I had to use my map because I didn’t see signs for echo mountain until further up.

Expect 2.5 miles straight uphill, but the view along the way and at the top make this a worthwhile hike.

Love the adventurous trail here. Nice stream throughout dawn mine side of the trail. Loved the incline up sunset ridge...

FYI... 1890 with 7 miles is also what I tracked.


found some cool waterfalls that once there’s more water these will be nice to see.

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