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Echo Mountain Hike

This classic trail starts at the head of Lake Avenue in Altadena and climbs 2.5 miles to the historic ruins of Professor Lowe's famous White City. En route you are treated to amazing vistas of the urban sprawl while climbing steadily through rich, mature chaparral with views into the rugged Los Flores Canyon and the surrounding mountains. When you reach Echo Mountain, exploring the ruins has a feel of visiting historic ancient sites in Egypt or Greece. There are other hikes in the San Gabriels that visit historic spots, but none compare to Echo Mountain.

Getting to the Trailhead:

From the I-210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena, exit at Lake Avenue. Drive north for 3.4 miles to the end of Lake Avenue (where it intersects with the terminus of Loma Alta Drive running east and west). Park along the street. The hike begins to the right of the stone gateway on the east side of the street.

Hike will start at 8:30. There is little coverage so it gets really hot as the day progresses. The earlier we can start the better!

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  • Rosa

    Venturesome and amazing hike with great company. Awesome way to start the day...thank you and see you at the next one! :)

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was not able to make it on time, but the hike was nice. Hopefully I'll see you guys next time .

    September 29, 2013

  • Lana

    I'm glad I got to meet all of you! You ladies are awesome and amazing! Dill rocks too! Everyone was so sweet! Sorry I was such a wimp. I felt tough and rugged making it part of the way with y'all tho! Views were so clear and breathtaking! Thanks!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Alex

    Best hike yet! Charlotte had the awesome idea of trying an "alternate trail" and it turned out to be amazing. Excellent idea, Charlotte. Thanks for the great time.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Charlotte, I missed it this time but for sure next time! Have fun!!

    September 29, 2013

  • Lainie

    I'm a maybe because of this distance from home on a Sunday am. Thanks for organizing:)

    September 22, 2013

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