“An epic, downhill combination of some of the best singletrack on the frontside of Eaton Saddle.
— Alex Johnson
This epic ride takes you through rocky exposed singletrack and connects multiple trails with fire roads. Drop off at Eaton Saddle and park a second car at the parking lot on Windsor and Ventura in Altadena.
Need to Know
Plan for a flat. Watch out for hikers, especially on weekends.
Start off at Eaton Saddle and climb through Mueller Tunnel. At the 4-way fork go left up the stone steps and begin the Mt Lowe East Trail
. At the next fork, take the left to stay on Mt Lowe East Trail
. This trail will connect with Mt Lowe Road, continue downhill to the fork to take Middle Sam Merrill Trail
(3rd left). You can also visit Inspiration Point! It is a short ride up the second left at the fork. Middle Sam Merrill Trail
lets you out near the Echo Mountain ruins, also a nice stop!
At the bottom of Middle Sam Merrill Trail
go right and climb Mt Lowe Railway to reconnect with Mt Lowe Road. At Mt Lowe Road go left and in a few feet, you'll see Sunset Ridge Trail
on the right - hop on and enjoy. Sunset Ridge Trail
comes to a clearing about half way down, stay right. Sunset Ridge Trail
will again meet up with Mt Lowe Road; continue downhill until you see Lower Sunset on the right.
Take this trail to Millard Campground and continue straight through the creek and start the short climb. Continue on the fire road until you see El Prieto Trail
on the left. Take El Prieto Trail
to the end and continue straight on Gabrieleno Trail - paved
to the parking lot. This combination of trails makes for an epic day of riding that will have you smiling all the way down!
For some extra fun, turn right at Gabrielino Trail and go to the Barrier Dam or head south past the parking lot toward Devils Gate Dam.