2 miles
368 ft
-1,144 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Mt. Lowe East Trail

Mt. Lowe East Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    year round
  • eBike Allowed
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Mt. Lowe East Trail mountain 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,600 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    303 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 8, 2017
Avg: 3.55 (9 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Mt. Lowe East Trail Trail Reports

Oct 8, 2017 @ 10:36am
Oct 8, 2017
Aug 16, 2017 @ 5:01am
Aug 16, 2017
Jan 19, 2017 @ 11:46pm
Jan 19, 2017
Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:25pm
Dec 29, 2016
First part of the trail, on the shady side of the hill, is covered in icy snow. Warm temperatures have partially melted it, making it hard and...
Oct 24, 2016 @ 8:56pm
Oct 24, 2016
Small tree down
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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
| 1 comments Mt. Lowe East Trail, Los Angeles

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