2 miles
Distance
361 ft
Climb
-1,628 ft
Descent
00:22:19
Avg time
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Middle Sam Merrill Details

  • Riding area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All Year
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #526

Middle Sam Merrill starts from the Mt Lowe Fire Road at the intersection to Inspiration Point. The single track trail is narrow, exposed and loose. It begins on the shady side of the mountain and wraps around to the sunny side where it gets increasingly loose and dry. This is an advanced trail with exposure, rock drops, etc.

Be aware this is a multi use trail and hikers are commonly found coming up from the Echo Mtn ruins below. Bell use is highly recommended and appreciated by other trail users. This trail commonly causes flats so be prepared with extra tubes, pump, etc. Also a good idea to check your brakes before riding this trail as you will be using them and using them heavily.

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More Stats for Middle Sam Merrill mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,266 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,215 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,502 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,481 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,215 ft
  • Grade
    -9.984%
  • Grade max
    -49.356%
  • Grade min
    43.825%
  • Distance climb
    2,789 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    164 ft
  • Avg time
    00:22:19
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:09
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on Oct 8, 2017
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Avg: 5 (7 votes)

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Middle Sam Merrill, My City
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Middle Sam Merrill, Altadena
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Dec 31, 2015 @ 10:15pm
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Middle Sam Merrill, Altadena
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Dec 31, 2015 @ 9:52pm
Dec 31, 2015
Middle Sam Merrill, Altadena

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Videos

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Tire got wedged btwn 2 rocks
0:35 | 448 | Jun 6, 2017 , Altadena
Upper Sam Merrill Trail - Mount Lowe - Wilson...
82 | May 21, 2017 , Altadena
Mt Wilson Echo Chutes and Sam Merrill DH in...
11:08 | 82 | Feb 1, 2017 , Altadena
XC Ride: Middle Sam Merrill, Mt Wilson, California
208 | Jun 27, 2016 , Altadena
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