The Sam Merrill trail and the Cobb estate, home to the Marx Brothers!

It was a great hike…we rediscovered the Sam Merrill Trail at the top of Alta Dena.  It’s a gently climbing, sunny trail that eventually connects to Mt. Lowe.  We enjoyed the views for about half a mile then turned back to explore the old Cobb estate.  We found ruins, a reservoir, graffiti, cactus and some strange metal retaining walls that may have been relics from World War II.  And splendid panoramic views of the valley.  A very good adventure!

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