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Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (3)

An upward extension linking Echo Mountain with Inspiration Point and the Mt. Lowe Campground.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

74%

Runnable

4,484' 1,367 m

High

3,220' 981 m

Low

1,281' 390 m

Up

21' 6 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Need to Know

Beware of mountain bikers on the length of the Sam Merrill Trail.

Description

The Middle Sam Merrill Trail starts on the Echo Mountain Trail 12W14.A a few hundred feet south of the junction with the Lower Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.1. It climbs past the observatory ruins in mostly shadeless chaparral of scrub oak, ceanothus and laurel sumac reaching a saddle in 1.7 miles where there are good views of the Los Angeles Basin. It then turns east and stays mostly level through a welcomed shady area of bigcone spruce and live oaks.

The trail ends at a saddle with the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 and Muir Peak Road #2N50.A which leads to Inspiration Point. The Idlehour Trail 12W16 starts here and heads east into Eaton Canyon. The Mt. Lowe Campground is 0.2 miles down on the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 (left turn). The Upper Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.3 and Mt. Lowe East Trail 12W14.3A are 0.1 miles north on the road.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for poison oak.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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Flat, sandy trail and lovely flora along the link trail.
May 11, 2015 near Altadena, CA
View down into the valley.
Aug 8, 2017 near Altadena, CA
Sierra Club WTC Group Five, Winter 2012.
Apr 3, 2018 near Altadena, CA
Wide, flat portion near the ruins at the top. This is the portion of the trail where other spur trails are noted via signage.
Apr 14, 2015 near Altadena, CA

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