Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

great trail to go on especially for beginners. took our 4 year old daughter she had great time. was a little tricky to find. there is a camp ground at the trail head and a small parking lot. the lot was full when we arrived had to park on top of the hill about .5 miles from trail. even with parking a bit away from the trail it was still worth it.

Was a really lovely walk. A little confusing on the way down but nothing the app or maps couldnt sort out!

I love this trail alot! I came up here for one of my first hikes back in the nineties as a young kid! The hike is shady, which is perfect for a hot day. Compared to the nearby Eaton Canyon falls, this is less traveled for some reason, even though it's slightly shorter and easier. The area next to the falls is a wonderful oasis with some rock climbing hooks along the walls of the canyon.

I put together an episode of my vlog on this trail. Check it out here:
I also put together a playlist for anyone to bring on the trail with them :)

Have fun on the trail! Hope to see you out there some time.

Went this past Friday! Such a short & pretty hike. The waterfall wasn't flowing too much but still pretty. Went early and completely avoided any crowds. No trash either!!

Great beginner hike. Took our 4 year old they they were able to easily navigate through the crossing streams.
Short hike that is shaded and goes along a running creek. Once we got to the waterfall is was pretty crowded though. We did however go on Mother’s Day. Lots of families.
Overall great local hike. We are definitely going back and packing some water shoes and extra pants.

I've done this loop trail a couple of times and even camped at the Mount Lowe Trail Camp. It's an amazing hike, you rarely see anyone past Echo Mountain on a weekday... I went yesterday (Tuesday) and saw no one between 10am - 6pm, basically after passing Echo Mountain. The trails are pretty well maintained besides a couple of downed trees... I also think for anyone prepared and that has backcountry trail knowledge, this isn't that confusing of a loop or network of trails. There are signs at every junction. Just be smart, take a map or remember to keep your phone on airplane mode cause your GPS will still work on Google Maps. ;)

Such an amazing view. Hike can be difficult depending which trail you take. 2 Out of 3 can be difficult, the longer way of course is a bit easier. I wouldn’t recommend wearing your general tennis shoes for this as there are areas with rocks or narrow walk ways.

Pack plenty of food and water.

Great and tough hike. Make sure you bring lots of water and snacks. It can get really hot or be very cold on top. Also bring good shoes with good grip. Not a lot of shade and can get crowded.

Easy hike for all ages, the trail was mostly shaded with several stream crossings. The waterfall is majestic, with a huge rock crowning the top of the falls.

So far is one of my favorite hiking trails around LA, great views, nice walk, birds, people,dogs, little lizards, squirrels, picnics areas, camping places so good, and the arroyo is not dry at all

This hike is beautiful and short if you want a quick escape from the city. When the stream is high, there are many crossings that require either jumping or using rocks as steps to get across. When we visited today, the stream was low so crossing was easy. When you get to the falls, there aren’t many places to sit and relax, so we just turned back after taking some pictures. The hike itself was easy once you get into the canyon. It’s the incline walking to and from your car that gets you!

Super fun trail! Great for walking or trail running.

Great for beginners. Enjoyed the waterfall.

mountain biking
28 days ago

I go here every Sunday for Mountain biking and I gotta say this is one of the best trails ever in the SoCal, nice challenging uphill with a technical downhill you can’t go wrong with this trail, in summer go early cause it gets hot real quick up there.

Wow, so happy to find this hike. It’s perfect for my 4 year old and what a great payoff! The waterfall is awesome! Obviously better after some rainfall. The trail is easy to begin and gets slightly more difficult. The trail is almost totally tree covered so hiking is shaded all times of day. Good trail for dogs also. Limited parking and it’s posted that you need an adventure pass but I’ve parked there 3 times and never been cited.

Gorgeous trail & waterfall! wasn't expecting to come across a campground, & definitely wouldn't mind staying there for a night.. we did see a young rattle snake on the trail, so keep your eyes peeled

Very buggy this time of year. Was swating bugs out of my face the entire way. Extremely shaded. Expect to pass through many rocks for the last .5 mile to the waterfall. Isn't a waterfall you can soak your feet in. Not many rocks to sit on. It was nice to touch the green moss along the waterfall. Overall not my favorite in LA county.

best part was the serenity along trail..so quiet and peaceful..short easy hike..had to walk over a few logs on the trail overall good trip

Cloudy Monday AM (4/2/18). Best way to do it. Little sun, few people. Took Sam Merrill from Echo (2nd left after making the ridge). Longer but not as steep as Castle Canyon. 10.6mi total, 2756 ft elevation gain, 4.25 hours. Great views over the clouds.

The entrance is wedged between two houses right at the turn, if you blink you’ll miss it. Very quiet trail with little to no traffic. Many trails spawn from the entrance, check out the map before you start your path. The trail is very narrow but worth it once you get to the other side.

Excellent little hike. I little chilly in morning but excellent scenery, a good flowing waterfall today too!

Beautiful after a rainy day! Will definitely come back.

Breathtaking! Great place to find yourself and get away from city life

2 months ago

Loved the trail!! Great for small kids and pets. Rest area with bench tables and restroom is available at the beginning of the trail. Recommend bringing your own paper or wipes and restroom not in the best condition (door doesn’t lock).
Took additional trail (Sunset Ridge Trail) on other side with amazing views overlooking Downtown LA. Other trails connect on top of Sunset trail if you have extra time and energy.

2 months ago

I liked how secured this trail was. Barely saw any people and you can park right in a neighborhood next to the trail. It’s not very long and the end has a lot of loose rocks which was fun but a little scary to hike down. Looks like a great spot for climbing. Prob won’t go back again but it was a good little hike.

One of my favorite easy hikes near LA. There are never too many people, there’s always water and the terrain is shady. It starts at a nice small campground and ends at a pretty waterfall. If you want to continue to dawn mine you can. Love this hike

Wow, what a enjoyable walk!

I love this area but it’s easy to get lost because there are so many trails and roads. It is not moderate, it is hard if you are not in good shape! Road/trails are a steady incline but so worth it. For those asking about the swing: once you get to the campground, you will see 2 white signs. Hike between them (trail is on the right). After a short distance you will meet up with the road again. Take Sam Merrill trail east or west (there are signs) to get to the top of Mt. Lowe. I took West because it looked easier to navigate (the trial is slightly hidden by a log and I walked right past it. Look for the sign). Gorgeous views and a cool little swing. 18 miles total for me, using sunset ridge to start the hike. I uploaded the funky little map I saw, which is pretty accurate!

The signs weren’t super clear (at least to us) and we ended up walking 5 extra miles for a total of 14, lol. Make sure you bring enough water since it is a long hike. The top is beautiful and hiking shoes are recommended for the downhill because it can be a little slippery.

Very great hike. Like a few others, the hike will certainly test your resilience and endurance. The hike is a continuous upward hike. If your body is not conditioned, you will have a hard time getting up there. Still looking forward to finding the Mount Lowe tavern ruins. Did not get there today due to time.

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