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Location: Los Angeles County, about 3 miles north of Altadena, 31 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Angeles National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Mount Wilson 7½, Pasadena 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Mount Markham, San Gabriel Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 13 miles round trip on trail and road
- Gain: 3800'
- Time: 7-8 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Easy
- Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions
Original: Warren E. von Pertz, February 1968
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- From the intersection of I-210 and Lake Avenue in Pasadena, drive
north on Lake Avenue to its end at Loma Alta Drive. Park on the right.
Note the gate for the Cobb Estate on the east side of Lake Avenue at
Loma Alta Drive.
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the front of the gate to the Cobb Estate (1800'), walk about 200
yards east alongside a fence to the actual trailhead for the Sam Merrill
Trail on your left.
- Hike up the Sam Merrill Trail (12W14) 2.7 miles to
Echo Mountain (3207').
- Head southeasterly along the old trolley right-of-way
for about 100 yards to a signed junction. At the junction are signed
trailheads for the continuation of the Sam Merrill Trail to Inspiration
Point and for the Castle Canyon Trailhead to Inspiration Point.
north on the Sam Merrill trail about 2 1/2 miles to a 3-way dirt road
intersection. The rightmost fork (east) will take you to Inspiration
Point (4500'), about 500 yards. The left fork (west) will take you to the
Mount Lowe Campground.
- Continue on the middle fork of the road straight
ahead in a northerly direction for about 200 yards to a signed trail
marker on the right for the Mount Lowe Campground and Mount Lowe (12W14).
- Turn right. After a short distance, the trail forks again, with the left
fork going to the Mount Lowe Campground and the site of the remains of the
- Follow the signed right fork for Mount Lowe up to the last
trail junction described in Route 1.
- Keep left at this junction and follow
this trail up to the summit where you will find a bench and an equestrian