Mount Lowe West Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Angeles National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 4,578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,539 feet. The trail ends near Mount Lowe (elevation 5,574 feet).
Mount Lowe West Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Located in the Angeles National Forest in the foothills above Sierra Madre. Highlights: Awesome technical singletrack descent. Old hotel ruins at Echo Mountain. Historical trail markers for Old Mount Lowe Railway. Hazards: Steep cliffs, poison oak, lots of bugs. Forest Adventure Pass required."
--Mark Ross & Brad Fine, Mountain Biking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"This rail-trail lies on the bed of one of the most famous and historic rail lines in the Los Angeles area. The Mount Lowe Railway, which featured a remarkable incline up Rubio Canyon to the Echo Mountain House, and a circular bridge that was world renowned as an engineering landmark, stopped transporting passengers up the mountain in 1939, but the route continues to thrill modern visitors with its scenery and views. Surface: Ballast and dirt. A Forest Adventure Pass, available for a small fee at sporting goods outlets throughout the Los Angeles area, is required to use this trail."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Rail Trails California (Falcon Guides).
"This route has it all: a challenging, lung- and leg-burning ascent, great views, numerous plaques with historical factoids to read on the way up, and a heartstopping descent with endless technical challenges and sheer cliffs nearby to test your intestinal fortitude. The Mount Lowe Railway, with the descents on Sam Merrill and Sunset trails, will challenge riders of all skill levels and must be experienced by everyone. Safety Message Novice riders be wary: the entire trail is exposed to many steep drop-offs and cliffs. It may be best to avoid this trail entirely if your technical skills aren’t up to par."
--Charles Patterson, Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press).
"If you’ve hit San Gabriel Peak, Mount Disappointment, and Mount Markham but still want to spend more time on the trail, this route to Mount Lowe is worth the extra time and effort. The nearly 360-degree views from the summit of Mount Lowe give you an excellent lay of the land of this region of the San Gabriel Mountains, along with some brilliant views of the Los Angeles basin on clear days. Just remember: it’s uphill both ways!"
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"Late in the year, when the smog lightens, but temperatures still hover within a moderate register, come up to Mount Lowe to toast the setting sun. You can sit on an old bench, pour some champagne, and watch Old Sol sink into Santa Monica Bay."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"Late in the year, when the smog lightens but temperatures still hover within a moderate register, come up to Mount Lowe to toast the setting sun. You can sit on an old bench, pour the champagne, and watch Old Sol sink into Santa Monica Bay."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
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