New bus route will let hikers go from Gold Line to Altadena hiking trail

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A new shuttle that will connect the Gold Line in Pasadena to a popular hiking trail in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Altadena is gearing up for an April 7 launch.

The Pasadena Star-Newsreports that the shuttle route will run between the Gold Line’s Memorial Park station and Altadena’s Sam Merrill Trailhead—the trail that starts at the northern end of Lake Avenue. The trail links to paths that lead to the well-trod Echo Mountain ruins and the popular Inspiration Point lookout.

The pilot will last six months. It follows other popular shuttle pilots like the one from the Monrovia Gold Line station to Chantry Flat and another from the Duarte Gold Line station to the Fish Canyon Falls trail.

Once operational, the shuttle will run every half hour on Saturdays and Sundays between the trailhead and the Gold Line station, says Daniel Rossman, California deputy director for The Wilderness Society, one of the shuttle’s sponsors.

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The shuttle will pick up on the north side of the park. A one-way ride on the shuttle will cost $.75, and the fare can be paid in cash or with the balance on your TAP card.

The Gold Line extension into the San Gabriel Valley comes close to tons of great hiking trails but, except for the occasional shuttle pilot program, doesn’t offer direct connections to the bounty of the foothills.

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