Lower Merrill to Inspiration Point and the Sunset Trail

Huck takes us into the San Gabriel Mountains up the Lower Merrill Trail on to Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

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gathering at Windsor and Ventura near JPL
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we start off with a road climb - better than having it at the end!
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near the beginning of the Lower Merrill Trail
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the lower part of the trail is quite smooth
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view of Altadena
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Susan is going strong!
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lots of switchbacks!
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Tamara's out for a nice day of riding!
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David has a one-legged pogo method of clearing the switchbacks!
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that's JPL down there below where the trail will eventually end
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Edwin goes by on Lower Merrill
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Tamara's quote 'I'm waiting for another lung to grow!'
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Pete makes it to the old Mt Lowe resort hotel ruins
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Norm takes a snooze in the shade while one of the many hikers there prepares to leave
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Miyuki and some of the South Bay contingent
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admiring the view the resort guests used to have
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ride leader Huck and David have a discussion
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close-up of JPL
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Yuccas now take over the old resort grounds
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perhaps some of the plants left over from the resort gardens
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the view was rather hazy on this day
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riding past the bull wheel from the demolished Incline Powerhouse for the railway
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looking down on Altadena from the connector trail to the Mt Lowe fireroad
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Pete rides the connector trail

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