1.9 miles
368 ft
-1,144 ft
Avg time

Mt. Lowe East Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    year round
  • TTFs on trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking

Coming down from the paved road near Mt Wilson, Mt. Lowe East is the 1st single track trail to the left after coming thru the old tunnel.

You climb the Mt Lowe Fireroad to a three way fire road junction and you will see the Mt Lowe East trail to the far left. The single track starts with a couple of rock steps and climbs to a metal trail sign labeled Mt Lowe / Mt Wilson. Mt Lowe East single track is very narrow, loose, and exposed. There are many 180 switchbacks and areas where you may prefer to walk over ride. There are a number of "chutes" that go straight down so be careful and be aware the regular trail always switchbacks at these points and is safer. Competent DH riders may prefer the straight "chutes" where All Mountain riders may prefer the standard trail which is still very challenging. This trail demands focus and attention its entire length.

The trail reconnects to Mt Lowe Fire Road and you continue down to the junction of Middle Sam Merrell Trail and Inspiration Point. Inspiration Point is to the left at this junction and is well worth the short climb for the historic view. Descending Middle Merrill from here is a classic trail with similar conditions to Mt Lowe East. Be aware that you will likely encounter many hikers as you get closer to Echo Mountain.

Using a bell on your bicycle is highly recommended.

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More Stats for Mt. Lowe East Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -776 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,515 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude end
    4,515 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,600 ft
  • Distance down
    1.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    303 ft
  • Avg time
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on Dec 4, 2015
Avg: 3.8 (6 votes)

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Mt. Lowe East Trail Trail Reports

Dec 4, 2015 @ 5:02am
Dec 4, 2015
down tree fixed a few week ago
Oct 20, 2015 @ 12:19pm
Oct 20, 2015
New tree down that completely blocks the echo mountain switchback (chutes alternate route). The upper part of the tree is the part that is...
Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:03pm
Oct 6, 2015
Sep 27, 2015 @ 5:33pm
Sep 27, 2015
really loose last part
Jun 25, 2015 @ 1:46pm
Jun 25, 2015
some hikers have been placing "speedbump" rocks on the trail so be careful. Nothing that you cant ride over or avoid if you are staying alert and...
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Feb 21, 2015 @ 2:09pm
Feb 21, 2015
Mt. Lowe East Trail, Altadena
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Dec 6, 2014 @ 6:21pm
Dec 6, 2014
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