Trail: Mount Lowe

Length: 12 miles RT

 Difficulty: Difficult due to altitude gain, 2800' and length



One of our hiking club members, Jack Clough has been videotaping some of the trails that we hike. If you'd like to see his video on this hike, please follow the link below to U-Tube:


DESCRIPTION: From 1893 to 1936, Mt Lowe has a resort and a mountain railway that operated on it. There are remnants of the resort and the railroad still on the mountain. To wander through the ruins are great fun, and the forest service has placed informational kiosks around the site as well. There is a megaphone on the site that you should try to yell will echo back..hence, Echo Mountain. Once you have reached this site, you can continue up to the top of the ridge on the mountain in front of you to a beautiful overlook called Inspiration Point. When it is clear, you can see Catalina from this vantage point. Be prepared for some steep climbs.

HOW TO GET TO THE TRAILHEAD: Take the 210 freeway to Lake Avenue. Exit Lake Avenue and proceed north to the end of Lake Avenue. Park. On the right will be a sign painted onto a stone pillar . This is the beginning of the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain/Mt. Lowe.