1.9 miles
Distance
368 ft
Climb
-1,144 ft
Descent
00:33:02
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Mt. Lowe East Trail

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    Land Manager

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
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 60 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.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Mt. Lowe East Trail mountain bike trail 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 mile
  • Distance flat
    303 ft
  • Avg time
    00:33:02
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on Jun 12, 2021
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Avg: 3.95 (15 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Mt. Lowe East Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 12, 2021 @ 12:11am
      Jun 12, 2021
      Jan 19, 2021 @ 12:14pm
      Jan 19, 2021
      Rode 1/13 & still light snow covering on climb on north facing slopes in shade, short sections that are still ride-able. Descents are really...
      Jan 2, 2021 @ 11:39am
      Jan 2, 2021
      snow covered on the climb, fallen tree on the descent at one of the switchbacks blocking the trail, otherwise fine
      Jan 1, 2021 @ 1:02pm
      Jan 1, 2021
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 6:50am
      Jun 13, 2020
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      • 89 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
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      MT LOWE
      3:16 | 37 | Mar 12, 2021 , Altadena
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      7:59 | 146 | Jan 15, 2020 , Altadena
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      JPL / mnt Wilson /mnt Lowe Part 1
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