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MT Lowe Trail

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

This trail has all the components for a great ride. 5.5 miles of fireroad climbing, 4.5 miles of great death- defying singletrack that will show you how good your brakes really are! You start at the fireroad gate and climb 5.1 miles (keep bearing right)to Mt. Lowe campground. Another .3 miles takes you to the "Y". You'll find the Merrill trailhead on the right at the "Y". 2.9 miles later you arrive at Echo Mountain. Take a minute and ride over to the old hotel ruins. Ride back to the Merrill trail and you'll see the Echo Mt. trail, take this trail, 1.5 miles back to the fireroad. DO NOT ride the Merrill trail down the canyon, it is not reccommended for mountainbikes. Once at the fireroad, ride downhill for about a hundred feet and you'll see the Sunset trail on the right. About a mile further, you will see the fireroad again. Continue on the Sunset trail which will end one mile further at the lower portion of the fireroad. Take the fireroad down to the gate and your car. The total is around 11 - 12 miles. I don't know for sure as I lost my odometer when I crashed in the poison oak! Have fun, the singletrack is a kick...
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Latitude
34.214925173882726
Longitude
-118.14783096313477
Trail Directions
From the west, exit the 210 fwy at Lincoln and turn left. Follow Lincoln to West Loma Alta Dr and turn right. About two blocks on your left you'll see a gate to Chaney trail, take it and follow it to the Y in the road. On your left is Millard Campground. Park on your right at the gate. This is the fireroad to Mt. Lowe.
Trail Length
11 - 12 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Altadena
   


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Review Date
July 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Jerms ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tried to access the upper trail from Eaton Saddle and the road is completely washed out on the other side of the tunnel, had to turn around and forget it.



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Review Date
November 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: DannyBoy1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ive only ridden this up from the Echo Mnt Connector, (where it turns into dirt) and man! its a fun ride up! Its pretty easy going the whole way up to Middle Merrill, even Mt.Lowe/Upper Merrill. Some spots have rocks and boulders in the trail from the staion fire, but its not that bad, just the trees around u are burnt. (trail is still open). Ive been on this 3 times now, and even though i climbed the steep singletrack up Echo Mnt. I still have enough energy to cruise right along the fireroad.. Never takin it going down though, that should be a great FAST ride!

Recommended Route:
Chaney Trail is closed, so take the Lower Sam Merrill out of Echo Mnt. hook a left on the Mt.Lowe Railway connector trail, then a right on the asphalt, *turns into dirt* and RIDE!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The WHOLE SAM MERRILL.



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Review Date
May 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: JoeTruth ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:

Started @ Millard, up lower Sunset ST to pavement. Up pavement and down Sunset and back to Millard.
I use to really love this trail and rode it about once a week, at least. I haven't been on Sunset in about a year and man, has it changed. The only thing it's missing is the ice and you can have a full on luge course, burms and all. The break ruts are so deep it's ridiculous. You can’t help but to ride in it. Gone are the days where you have to navigate and try to find clean lines. This trail has been taken over and completely abused. It used to be such a fun and technical trail. What more can you say and what hasn't been already said?

What an effin shame!!!



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Review Date
May 24, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: countmordor ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trial is easy...stop being a wuz over some little debree here and there....this is what make mtb great....otherwise, go circle around the rosebowl...
Been riding these trials for 8 years and so many kooks have really made a dent... Spooking every one on blind cornes and being total %#@'s.
This is what will get these places closed for everyone!! So now, the good trails my friends and I find don't get posted anywhere....Just tired of all these weekend freaks with no respect for the terrain or fellow riders....Ride on!!

Recommended Route:
Smae

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nein!!



Comments
mcfury (12/17/2006)
Learn to spell, otay? Pwease where your KKK hat when u wride>! pwese bring dent puller to pull dent out of grwound?
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Review Date
October 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mr.PooPoo ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Fire road going up to the tunnel is completly gone in some sections thx to the rains - I have never seen the fire road wash away like it did. Mt.Lowe single is in pretty bad shape in some sections, one slip and it's sucks to be you time or u just die. Upper Sam Merril is ok as always not much rain damage. Middle Sam Merril is also in pretty BAD shape thx to the rains but the section before the hotel ruins is full of rocks and obstacles which makes it pretty fun. Sunset kicks ass as always, just wash out for the hikers and missing parts of the trail.

Good riding, be kind to hikers, avoid the hunters, drug traffickers and bodyparts that you may come upon on these sweet trails.



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