Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Eaton Saddle Trailhead is a historic site now converted to a popular trailhead located off Mount Wilson Road, between the Red Box Picnic Area and Mount Wilson Observatory, within Angeles National Forest. This scenic site features paved parking spaces on both sides of the road, informational plaques to learn about the history of the area, and scenic views of the Los Angeles Basin. 

A short hike from Eaton Saddle will take you to Mueller Tunnel and the Mount Lowe Scenic Railway. Built in 1893, the Mount Lowe Railway transported city dwellers to a mountain retreat surrounded by nature. A series of devastating events over the course of several years severely affected the 5.8-mile long railway and the resort it brought people to, resulting in its closure in 1936. To learn more about the history of the Mount Lowe Railway please visit https://www.mountlowe.org/mount-lowe-history/history-of-the-mount-lowe-incline-railway/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Angeles National Forest:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/angeles

Eaton Saddle Trailhead: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/angeles/recarea/?recid=41856

Red Box Picnic Area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/angeles/recarea/?recid=41980

Mount Wilson Observatory: https://www.mtwilson.edu/


 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Adventure Pass required

Pros

Historical Site. Informational Plaque. Scenic Views.

Cons

No Water. No Bathrooms.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Wildlife
Family friendly
Big vistas
Historically significant

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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