Past Meetup

Trail Work on the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

This Meetup is past

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Echo Mountain trailhead

Intersection of E Loma Alta Drive and Lake Ave · Altadena, CA

How to find us

Let's meet at the Sunset Ridge Trailhead gate.

Location image of event venue


Let's get out for a few hours to help out our tattered trail with Forest Service Volunteers! There are quite a few spots that need attention. So we will just do our best and chip away at what we can.

Mitch will be addressing the retaining wall that had been washed out. He will need our help. Please come and join us.

The lower Sam Merrill Trail is likely the most heavily used trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. With its close proximity to the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S., it is easily accessible for day hikers and trail runners of every fitness level. But the trail has suffered greatly over continued neglect, and the rains of this past winter weren’t any help. Erosion, mini slides, and overgrowth have taken their toll on the trail, and even taken a life.

Restoring the trail to a safer level is possible but only thru the support of volunteers like you. We hope you can join us now or the next time!

You will need to have:

• Long Pants and Long Sleeve Shirt

• Leather Gloves or garden gloves (I may have a couple you can borrow)

• Hiking Shoes or Boots

• A daypack with 2-3 Liters of water, lunch and snacks

• Sunscreen

We will provide:

• Hardhats

• Tools

Liability Waivers and Disclaimers:

We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends.

Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility of your own safety and well-being.

All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing SoCal Hikers and Trail Builders from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement ( located at the bottom at the Meetup website.

If you do not agree with the above or unsure of your ability to complete the event safely, please do not sign up.