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Mount Lowe Railway trail

Altadena, CA
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Altadena
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Former railroad bed turned popular 10 mile hiking trail.
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English first
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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I have hiked this trail numerous times since the mid 70's. So easy to get to - at the end of Lake Blvd. Very well maintained trail. After an hour or so you are visiting the past. A tram used to go up to this "mountain resort" which is now in shambles but a great place to eat lunch in... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Overall this is a great spot for a hike, and pic's of the city below. I have heard of groups coming up there during Halloween for Séance. Walking up there at night is also fun, Just don't get caught and take a flashlight!

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Los Angeles
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I have hiked this several times in the past 25 years. Love the history, which is lacking in California. Best hiked in the late fall, winter or spring when it is cool as most of the trails are south and west facing. Terrain varies but 10 miles is predominantly up or downhill. Nice tables at the halfway point. Used to... More

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North Royalton, Ohio
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

It is a winding hike on the one side of the mountain until you get to the top...after reaching the top it gets more scenic..

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Pasadena, California
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200 reviews 200 reviews
135 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We favor hiking in spring to enjoy wildflowers in full bloom. Check out my photographic evidence. We start out as soon as the sun rise to avoid crowds and mountain bikers. This is a very popular trail because of easy access. We prefer to take the Chaney trail loop since it has more shade and fewer hikers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Nice workout If you run up then down... Awesome scenery takes only 45 minutes to reach the top! Several trails to reach the top.

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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Pass to the right of the Cobb Estate stone gateway at the north end of Lake Avenue. Walk east along the paved driveway paralleling the chain link fence. The driveway curves left but continue to follow the fence to the marked beginning of the Sam Merrill Trail, about 0.1 mile from the gate. Arrive early because parking is hard (on... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

I'd say this is very rigorous, strenuous, but good hike for me. We started kinda late around 1030, so the sun is way up. It wasn't really a hard hike, but it was just too hot (90+ degrees). I'm glad I brought 64oz water and another 64oz of gatorade. If you can bring more than that, you'd be happier. As... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

I've never hiked anything more than 3 or 4 miles but I was up for the challenge. Started the hike at 7:30 with temp around 65 degrees. The hike to Echo mountain's old hotel grounds from the entrance gate is 2.7 miles. If you want to go to inspiration point, it's another 2 miles. Having to hike uphill throughout the... More

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Cambridge, MA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
19 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Few people who visit let alone who live in Los Angeles know how many utterly wild trails crisscross this autopolis. There are many places to go to escape urban chaos and this is a trail both therapeutic and rewarding. This is not for the faint of heart -- there's a long uphill climb without shade and if you are doing... More

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