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Lower Sam Merrill Trail

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 3.8 from 5 votes
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Rank: #16 in Los Angeles
#283 in California
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“A steady, steep climb up to the ruins of the Echo Mountain Resort.”
Christopher Woodruff on Jun 1, 2013
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2.6 Miles Singletrack Type 1,396’ Ascent -1’ Descent 1,810’ Low 3,206’ High
The Lower Sam Merrill trail is a steady climb with many tight switchbacks. It's best to climb this in the morning as the trail is West facing and there are very few trees for shade. At the top of the Lower Sam Merrill trail, you are rewarded by great views and some local history from the ruins of the old Echo Mountain Resort and Mt. Lowe Railway. Get out really early to avoid hikers on the weekend or break out the lights and ride it at night.
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PHOTOS of Lower Sam Merrill Trail
 3.0 from 3 votes
The view from Echo Mountain (Pasadena, CA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Tight switchbacks punctuate the steady climb. (Pasadena, CA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Echo Mountain Picnic Area (Pasadena, CA)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Turn right off the "paved" road and then it's a quick left onto the trail. (Pasadena, CA)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Fun little rock garden. (Pasadena, CA)
 1.7 from 3 votes
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