2.4 miles
Distance
41 ft
Climb
-1,280 ft
Descent
00:23:37
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Middle Sam Merrill Trail

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Middle Sam Merrill Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Angeles National Forest
    Pasadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All Year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #3927 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57290 in Trail Running
    • #5982 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking

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.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Middle Sam Merrill mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,239 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,229 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,475 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,468 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,228 ft
  • Grade
    -9.8%
  • Grade max
    -52.3%
  • Grade min
    11.4%
  • Distance climb
    1,135 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    499 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:37
  • Avg reverse time
    00:45:51
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on Nov 23, 2023
Dry
Avg: 4.6 (17 votes)
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      Middle Sam Merrill Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 113 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,116 rides
      • Last: Apr 17, 2024

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