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black Eaton Saddle Downhill Shuttle

  4.5 ( 15 ) Favorite


13.8 mile 22.2 kilometer point to point
65% Singletrack


Ascent: 768' 234 m
Descent: -4,747' -1,447 m
High: 5,351' 1,631 m
Low: 1,156' 352 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)


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Trail shared by Alex Johnson

An epic, downhill combination of some of the best singletrack on the frontside of Eaton Saddle.

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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.

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Apr 19, 2019
marcelo Lalau
13mi — 2h 05m
Apr 12, 2019
Jay Hamilton
Beautiful views. Difficult back diamond with lots of loose rocks, sketchy trails near cliffs. Many hikers. Book the shuttle. 14.2mi — 2h 18m
Apr 7, 2019
marcelo Lalau
13.8mi — 4h 00m
Sep 29, 2018
Chris Svensson
Sep 29, 2018
Yan Mercado
Apr 7, 2018
Simon DeMuri
Mar 18, 2018
First time, couple wrong turns 14.2mi
Nov 18, 2017
Nick Hall

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