Socal - Los Angeles County - Altadena NickNames: #LowerSamMerrilTrail lower merril
Off the 210 in Pasadena, take the Lake Avenue exit
north (towards the mountains) and drive all the way up
to the top until the road takes an abrupt 90 degree left
turn. Stop your car and you are at the trailhead. Go
through the gate and follow the paved road about 200
feet until it veers off to the left. Here there will be a dirt
road that keeps going straight. Take the dirt road and
you will find yourself at the trailhead sign in. From the
trailhead, looking east, you will see the switchbacks
that you will be going up.
Chaney Trail Rd. is closed.
There appears to be no easy access to the Mt Lowe Railway from Altadena at the moment.
Most of this ride is intermediate level, with the exception
of some technical, rocky sections above the 1 1/2 mile
mark that could be considered advanced. There's
some tight switchbacks with some rocky steps that are
pretty difficult. If you're not really good with heights, I
WOULD NOT recommend this ride. Practically the
entire trail is about 2 1/2 feet wide and exposed. Some
parts of the trail are washed out and the the trail can
shrink to about 6 inches in a couple of places.
On the way down you can catch some speed,
especially after you clear the rocky section. I would
recommend going on this trail at odd times of the day,
as it is pretty highly travelled. Be careful how fast you
go, because it's easy to come wrapping around a
corner and find yourself smack into a hiker.
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 2.5miles Elevation change: 1500?
Singletrack=99% Paved Path=1%
Crazyhorse a 24 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Trek 4300 from Pasadena, CA