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

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The six-month pilot starts this weekend

A Pasadena Transit bus route 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 a launch this weekend, on April 7.

The Pasadena Star-News reports that the bus 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, from this coming weekend to September 30. 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 bus 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. The organization is one of the program’s sponsors, along with the LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the City of Pasadena, the Trust for Public Land, and Edison International.

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The new route, Pasadena Transit bus route 88, will pick up on the north side of the park from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., says a release from Supervisor Barger’s office.

Buses will run between 7:05 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The last bus will depart from the Trailhead at 5 p.m.

A one-way ride will cost $.75, Rossman says, 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.