Mt. Lowe Railway Ruins
ElevationAscent: 1,344' 410 m
Descent: -1,344' -410 m
High: 3,189' 972 m
Low: 1,851' 564 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A very popular trail; at Echo Mountain's summit, multiple trails branch out that extend your run.”— Alison Kelly
The first portion of the trail is a series of mostly exposed, dusty switchbacks which rise rapidly with some steep sections. There are steep drop-offs, so novice runners may get nervous. On clear days you'll be able to see the ocean out towards Santa Monica and clear views of downtown Los Angeles very readily on this section, so take all the breaks you need!
The middle section is wooded with scrub and live oak stands. Beware of copious poison oak along the trail, mostly in this middle and upper portion of the trail. Another good reason to keep your dog leashed!
At the top, the trail levels and broadens as you head the last 0.25 miles to the ruins. Note the multiple spurs along this section with signage and mileage to destinations such as Mt. Lowe, Mr. Lowe Railway, and Inspiration Point.
The overlook at the apex of the Echo Mountain Trail is the ruins of a turn of the century tourist destination lodge and restaurant. The views are fantastic and there are fun things to do like shout into the "Echo" apparatus that really does echo wonderfully against Mt. Lowe. This is a great place to have a lunch.
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office