There are many fantastic tourist attractions in LA but if you fancy something a little different and want to spend some time with nature head to the Mount Railway Trail. Situated near Altadena LA, the Mount Lowe Railway trail has something for all ages and abilities.
Thaddeus Lowe introduced the trail and railway as part of an ambitious mountain resorts that overlooked the San Gabriel Mountains .
Take a Hike
The Mount Lowe Trail is a 9.8 mile loop that is popular with local hikers in Altadena. Starting from Mount Lowe Road You can enjoy a 410 meter incline until you reach The Apline Resort at the summit. If you need to take a breather you can take a break at 0.35 miles when you reach Mueller Tunnel at the entrance of the steep San Gabriel Peak.
Slow your Pace
If you would like to spend your time at a more leisurely pace then you do not have to hike or bike around the toughest part of the trail. You can take a brisk walk to take your time to picnic, take photographs of the local wildlife and admire the abundance of flora on offer. Make sure you grab a coffee in Altadena beforehand so that you can read up on the historical railway and make notes of what you would like to see on the trail.
Great Coffee and Cold Press Juice in Altadena
If you are planning to spend more time in Altadena and want to enjoy great craft coffee you should visit The Coffee Gallery. The Coffee Gallery is one of the most popular coffee shops in the area and has a friendly atmosphere so that you can feel comfortable hanging out with your friends and family for lunch or brunch. If you do not have time to stop off for a full meal you can come by for a takeout coffee before you head on the Railway Trail. For juice and smoothie lovers there is a great LA juice bar in the heart of Altadena where you can buy healthy smoothies, natural cold pressed juices, and açai bowls that will offer you great refreshment after you day out in Altadena.
Address: California 91001, USA
Hours: No official closing time so this spot is popular with nighttime hikers
Parking: Street parking
Pets Dogs allowed
Length: 9.8 miles
Time: approximately 2.5–3.5 hrs