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Eaton Saddle Downhill Shuttle

 13 votes

Length

13.8 Miles 22.2 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

Elevation

768' 234 m

Ascent

-4,747' -1,447 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

5,351' 1,631 m

High

1,156' 352 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 67 days ago
Dry - all in good shape. definitely a few places you need to walk for safety. History

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

Alex Johnson

Overview

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.

Description

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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Nov 18, 2017
Nick Hall
1403mi
Sep 10, 2017
Oscar Mendoza
ended at 3:30pm
Apr 24, 2017
Kirsten Gardner
Rad. And no joke on the exposure! 13.1mi — 3h 00m
Apr 3, 2017
Stephen Allen 1
Great ride, prob took 2.5 hrs total top to bottom. Mt Lowe trail very fun: big views of clouds over city. Fun drops on Sam Merrill. Recommend! 14.1mi
Apr 2, 2017
Marcel Mijares
Jan 3, 2017
Alex Johnson
Dec 28, 2016
James Eller
Nov 23, 2016
Ben Norman
Really rad trail. Lots of switchbacks and some fun tech throughout. Trail was clear. 14mi — 2h 00m

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  4.5 from 13 votes

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If self shuttling hit rosenita saddle to chilao and redbox to switzer first for a day of epic riding. Mar 21, 2017

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