Castle Canyon Trail #12W28
ElevationAscent: 1,314' 400 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,516' 1,377 m
Low: 3,202' 976 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“1.8 miles of moderately steep trail connecting Echo Mountain and Muir Peak Road #2N50.A.”— John McKinney
The trail continues a short distance and enters the well-shaded Castle Canyon in 0.8 miles. It can be steep in places but the canyon is usually much cooler than the surrounding areas. After climbing several switchbacks the trail emerges out of the canyon and reaches a saddle known as Inspiration Point. There is a shaded pavilion with tables and historical displays.
Taking a left turn on the Muir Peak Road #2N50.A leads northwest to the saddle where the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50, Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2 and Idlehour Trail 12W16 all converge in about 0.2 miles. Going right leads to the Muir Peak Trail.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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