Sunset Ridge Trail from Millard Canyon to Echo Mountain to Cobb Estate

Trailhead: Millard Canyon Trailhead, parking area T2 

Note: Trailhead is not directly connected to parking area.  See Lower Sunset Ridge Trail Segment for directions

Trail: Sunset Ridge Trail from Millard Canyon up  to Cape of Good Hope, down to Echo Mountain via the Lower Mt. Lowe Railway Trail, down to the Cobb Estate.  Note: shuttle is required between trailheads.

Stats: From Millard Canyon Trailhead to Echo Mountain to Cobb Estate Trailhead: 7 miles, 1782′ gain, 1656′ loss.

Alternate: From Cobb Estate Trailhead to Echo Mountain to Millard Canyon Trailhead: 7 miles, 1656′ gain, 1782′ loss.

Option to Shorten: Upper Sunset Ridge Trail to Echo Mountain to Cobb Estate: 6.2 miles, 1362′ gain, 1656′ loss

Last Hiked: 4-1-12

Trail Segments: Take the Lower Sunset Ridge Trail to the JCT with the road leading to the Cape of Good Hope.  From the JCT with the road, head up about a quarter mile to the connection with the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail and take that to the Cape of Good Hope.  From the Cape of Good Hope, go down the road a short distance to the JCT with the Lower Mt. Lowe Railway Trail.  At the JCT with the Lower Sam Merrill Trail, continue straight to the White City Ruins at Echo Mountain.  Take the Lower Sam Merrill Trail to the Cobb Estate.

Points of Interest:  Lower Mt. Lowe Railway ruins, White City ruins at Echo Mountain.

Photos: Lower Sunset Ridge Trail, Upper Sunset Ridge Trail, Lower Mt. Lowe Railway Trail, Echo Mountain, Lower Sam Merrill Trail

The White City ruins at Echo Mountain and the ruins along the route of the Mt. Lowe Railway have several signs with historical photos telling the story of the resort that existed in the early 1900′s at Echo Mountain.  There are remnants of the resort, the incline railway leading to it, and the electric railway leading from Echo Mountain to the Alpine Tavern near Inspiration Point.  If you like ruins and history, this is an excellent destination.  

To make the trek to the ruins and back more interesting, this hike requires a shuttle from two nearby trailheads.  Starting from Millard Canyon and taking the Sunset Ridge Trail, the trek is interior focused composed mostly of canyon views.  Returning by coming down the Lower Sam Merrill Trail, the views are outward to the city.  On a clear day, Catalina Island can be easily seen.    

View from the Hotel Stairs overlooking the landing for the Incline Railway.

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