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Mt. Lowe / Echo Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"There is a lot of history in this highly recommended ride. The first 2.5 miles of steep pavement is by far the most difficult. Once you hit the dirt, the grade eases considerably. This ride can easily be broken up into shorter (and easier) rides, but no matter what, you need to make it past the brutal pavement section. For example, riding out to the ruins at Echo Mountain would be 3.5 miles one-way and would be, doable, albeit a strenuous beginner ride. Bring plenty of water-there's none en route."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Don Douglass, Mountain Biking Southern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
We did the sunset trail section of this loop taking the road up and the singletrack back down. The road was a real burner (about 1200ft over 2.5miles) and the singletrack was pretty technical with lots of loose rocks. I ended up walking a large portion of it as it was above my skill level. Definitely an "Advanced" trail and not one you will be bombing down, watch out for hikers on the weekend as well.
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