Location visible to members
Lake Ave. to Echo Mountain then to Mt. Lowe via Castle Cyn. and return via Sam Merrill Trail. The first part of hike to Echo Mt. may be exposed to sun, the peaks may be cooler and windy, and the return route may be shaded.
This hike starts with the busy Lower Sam Merrill trail to Echo Mountain (2.6 miles) then takes the very quiet Castle Canyon trail (2.0 miles) to Inspiration Point before heading up to Mt. Lowe summit at 5,604' via the Mt. Lowe east trail (1.5 miles). This hike ascends almost the whole way.
On the way out we take the Mt Lowe West trail & Upper Sam Merrill (1.4 miles) to the old Mount Lowe Camp and finally back down via the Middle Sam Merrill/Sunset trail (2.7 miles) and back to Lower Sam Merrill trail (2.6). This mountain has an interesting history and you will see parts of it still remaining from the 1890's.
Distance: 13 miles approx.
Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft approx., Gain per mile 615'
Hike Time: 7 hours approx.
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Bring: 2 quarts/liters of water, snacks, lunch for summit. boots, hiking poles if you use them. Poodle Dog Bush is off trail near summit. Long pants and shirt. Wind breaker jacket. Heavy rain cancels.
Getting to the Trailhead:
From the I-210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena, exit at Lake Avenue. Drive north for 3.4 miles to the end of Lake Avenue (where it intersects with the terminus of Loma Alta Drive running east and west). Park along the street, read signs. The hike begins to the right of the stone gateway on the east side of the street.
***WARNING: I am only suggesting this hike. Join me if you like the outdoors. I am not a guide nor responsible for safety. Hike at your own risk.