2 miles
Distance
368 ft
Climb
-1,144 ft
Descent
00:26:06
Avg time
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Mt. Lowe East Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    year round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #19677 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -776 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,515 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,419 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,291 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,515 ft
  • Grade
    -7.879%
  • Grade max
    -94.905%
  • Grade min
    45.968%
  • Distance climb
    3,600 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    303 ft
  • Avg time
    00:26:06
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Status:
on Apr 19, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 3.75 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Sight Sight
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      Mt. Lowe East Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 8:54am
      Apr 19, 2019
      So loose, check your speed and ride don't slide!!
      Apr 7, 2019 @ 8:42am
      Apr 7, 2019
      recent work by MWBA has cleared the bigger rocks and all but 1 downed tree
      Mar 9, 2019 @ 10:56am
      Mar 9, 2019
      snow is gone, hero dirt
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 6:28pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Snow on top sections!
      Jul 14, 2018 @ 10:46am
      Jul 14, 2018
      The trail is in good condition. Dry and fast. Very warm conditions
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 92 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,013 rides
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      Photos

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      12 |
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 6:28pm
      Jan 12, 2019
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      Jan 12, 2019 @ 6:28pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      185 |
      Feb 21, 2015 @ 2:09pm
      Feb 21, 2015
      305 |
      Dec 6, 2014 @ 6:21pm
      Dec 6, 2014
      | 1 comments

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