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The Sam Merrill Trail

The Sam Merrill Trail is a major hiking trail in the Las Flores Canyon of the San Gabriel Mountain Range in Altadena, California which leads to the top of Echo Mountain. It was built by Charles Warner and the Forest Conservation Club of Pasadena during the 1930s. After the deluge of 1938 most the trails which accessed the mountain sides around Echo Mountain and the Mount Lowe Railway had been all but washed away. Sam Merrill found it important to maintain public hiking access to the railway ruins and other portions of the treacherous foothill. During the 1940s he overhauled and maintained the trail.

As a young man Merrill had lived with John Muir for a summer, which inspired a lifetime commitment to the outdoors and the Sierra Club. Merrill, who served as Clerk of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, was an active volunteer in the Sierra Club, leading outings for almost 20 years, serving on the Executive Committee of the Angeles Chapter from 1926-1935 and on the National Board of Directors of the Sierra Club from 1936-1937. When Sam Merrill died in 1948 the Sierra Club named the Echo Mountain Trail after him.

The trail originated at the old railway’s right of way just above a point called Hygeia Station and climbed by switchback up the steep face of the Echo promontory. In the late 1960s a housing development was established over the trail and the trailhead was moved to an access alongside of the Cobb Estate gateway at the top of Lake Avenue.

The portion of the trail which was maintained by Merrill leads an approximate 2 1/2 mile trip directly to Echo Mountain and the ruins of the White City of the Mount Lowe Railway. It is also referred to as Lower Sam Merrill Trail as a section of the Mount Lowe 8, an old mule trail from the days of the Mount Lowe Tavern, was reopened giving a continued hike into Grand Canyon and the site of the Tavern, and is referred to as Upper Sam Merrill Trail.

The Sam Merrill Trail has been repeatedly mentioned in the Los Angeles Times, including a review of the trail on May 18, 2003. In 1996 the national USA Today newspaper published a list of "10 Great North American Hikes" which included the Sam Merrill Trail as one of them. The list had originally appeared in the October 1996 issue of Men’s Fitness magazine.


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Image from page 251 of “The animans and man; an elementary textbook of zoology and human physiology” (1911)
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Identifier: animansmanelemen00kell
Title: The animans and man; an elementary textbook of zoology and human physiology
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: Kellogg, Vernon L. (Vernon Lyman), 1867-1937 McCracken, Mary Isabel
Subjects: Zoology Physiology
Publisher: New York, H. Holt and company
Contributing Library: MBLWHOI Library
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oria propinqua. (Photographfrom life by Eliz. and Jos. Grinnell.) birds, almost always on the wing; the stout, heavily nailedfoot of the scratchers, as the hens, grouse, and turkeys; andthe strong, grasping talons, with their sharp, long, curvingnails, of the hawks and owls, and other birds of prey. Inall these cases the fitness of the structure of the foot to thespecial habits of the bird is apparent. Similarly the shape and structural character of the billshould be noted, as related to its use, this being chiefly 230 THE ANIMALS AND MAN concerned of course with the feeding habits. Note thestrong, hooked, and dentate bill of the birds of prey; theytear their prey. Note the long, slender, sensitive bill of thesandpipers; they probe the wet sand for worms. Note theshort, weak bill and wide mouth of the night-hawk andwhippoorwill, and of the swifts and swallows; they catchinsects in this wide mouth while on the wing. Note the flat,lamellate bill of the ducks; they scoop up mud and water

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FIG. 122. Young ostriches just from egg, at ostrich-farm at Pasadena,California. (Photograph from life.) and strain their food from it. Note the firm, chisel-like bill(fig. 123) of the woodpeckers; they bore into hard wood forinsects. Note the peculiarly crossed mandibles of the cross-bills; they tear open pine cones for seeds. Note the long,sharp, slender bill of the humming-birds; they get insectsfrom the bottom of flower-cups. Note the bill and foot ofany bird you examine, and see if you can recognize theirspecial adaptation to the habits of the bird. The most casual observation of birds reveals differencesin the flight of different kinds so characteristic and dis- THE VERTEBRATES: BIRDS 231 tinctive as to give much aid in determining the identity ofbirds in nature. Note the flight of the woodpeckers; itidentifies them unmistakably in the air. Note the rapid 71 TTT t / 7 v .!• i v y : li^ 3 ^x , K , •( >• i ? ^:6 b$ f: M *v ^ & vet: T : l*/lir . i i?v •* •• -v KA

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