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Echo Mountain 251


Join Southern California's best Wednesday night hike! We proudly boast almost 5 years of a traditional Wednesday night hike up to Echo Mountain missing only a few days when circumstances would not permit a safe and pleasant hike. Many people have ventured up to join the "Happy Hour potluck" from this Meetup and from Early Bird Hiking.

Please R.S.V.P if you believe you will be joining this hike and post what time you are planning to start - it encourages others to join. Seeing as we do not meet as a group at the beginning of the hike - it is best to try to find others who can hike up at the same time so no one hikes alone. Hikers usually head back down in two or three different groups anywhere between about 8 and 9PM(some a little earlier).

Newcomers - please read "First Timers" and "What to bring" sections below so you don't wind up on the wrong trail or be left in the dark. We do not gather and hike up as a group due to different hiking abilities and arrival times. Many people post their anticipated start time making it easy to form smaller groups for the trip up. You can use this website to communicate.

The Sun will set at 5:41 PM with about another 25 minutes of twilight. Hikers go up at different times, depending on when they can get to the trailhead.  Some hikers leave earlier to be on the trail for the sunset and to the top before it gets dark. There will be 77% of the Moon high in the sky tonight. Evening temperatures can get downright cold after the Sun sets  - many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort and a jacket or hoodie. Gloves are also a plus.

The Hike: We follow the (lower)Sam Merrill Trail up the East wall of Las Flores Canyon to Echo Mountain and ruins of the former White City. This is a moderate hike of about 2.6 miles up with about a 1400 ft. elevation gain and 2.6 miles down on a very well maintained trail. This is not a hike for beginners. We do this hike every week weather permitting and it just keeps getting better. People start out at different times between about 5:00 and 6:30 (some even start earlier). Average time up is about 1 hour to 1-1/4 hours (slower hikers may take 90 minutes - almost everyone makes it back down in about an hour)This is a "go at your own pace hike" so almost anyone with some hiking experience can make it. Post your anticipated time to start - this gives people the opportunity to form groups to hike up together. Most people bring up something to share such as a bottle of wine, cheese, deli meats, fruit, beer,etc. etc. You couldn't meet a nicer group of people, so if its friends that you are looking for, this hike is it! The warm, friendly party atmosphere at the top has become a highlight to a lot of our work weeks, so if you are into great company, food, drinks, historic hotel ruins and fantastic views than come on up, you will love it.!!!!

First timers: You may locate the trailhead on Google Maps by entering 3388 Lake Ave. Altadena, Ca 91001. If you are not hiking with someone who is familiar with the trail, please read this carefully. As you reach the top of the paved road where it turns, DO NOT TURN - there is a sign that says "Trail" with an arrow pointing to the right - follow this and you will pass a water fountain on your left. Continue to the edge of the canyon and take the trail to the left - DO NOT descend into the canyon here - follow the trail around the edge of the canyon, descending behind the debris dam and up the far side following the trail to the left. As you ascend, you want to be able to look across Los Flores Canyon towards where the sun set (or is setting). You are about 1/2 way as you pass under the power towers. When you reach the junction after about 2.5 miles, go to the right - slightly downhill a few hundred feet to the Echo Mountain House ruins.

What to bring: Out of concern for the environment, please bring a reusable cup or non-breakable glass for your beverage, good hiking shoes, water, maybe a wind breaker or similar(some folks bring something dry to change into) - it is best to layer. Also, something to share for the pot luck, and a HEADLIGHT OR FLASHLIGHT for hike down, even when there is moonlight, there are areas of the trail that are in the shadows. In windy conditions, we gather at the "picnic grounds" on the left side of the trail just before the Echo Mountain House ruins.

Directions: Take the 210 fwy towards Pasadena, get off on Lake Ave., go North until Lake Ave. ends. On the right side where it ends is the gate to the former Cobb Estate and the road leading to the trail head. The best parking is when you turn left at the end of Lake onto Loma Alta Dr. Park on Loma Alta as the unrestricted parking is to 10 PM You will get a ticket on Lake parking is only until 8pm. Parking off Loma Alta on Monterosa or Marengo is unrestricted.

Post what time you'd like to go up and form your own groups. Everyone be safe and try to hike with someone.

The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging. that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Lee T.

    Thank you for you pictures, Ledy! I always enjoy "re-living" the hike. Also. thank you for the packages of Mango Jell-O - was that a hint?

    February 21, 2013

  • Lee T.

    It was really good to see Christine again Thanks for the wine and cookies) and of course it was great seeing Greg, Robin, Willie, Ledy, Bob and Bernie! Loved those Flying Saucer cookies Robin! It was a bit windy when the early arrivals reached the top, so we went down to the picnic tables where we set up our goodies. Temperature was 35°, but being out of the wind (which later died down) made it bearable. The high spirited, fun loving hikers made the hike and tolerating the low temperatures worthwhile - I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Liked being at the picnic table, but missed the view .... loved the people and loved the ale house after .....

    February 21, 2013

  • iLedy

    It was cold, but I was glad it was not windy. But the group made it enjoyable. Thank you, LT! Love them Jell-o shots as always.

    February 21, 2013

  • Jimbo

    My knee is still sore from Monday

    February 20, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Sorry to hear that - mine is too, but it's tolerable - not as bad as I expected.

      February 20, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Remember - A little extra water means more hot chocolate!

    February 20, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Clear, blue sky - we should have some great views tonight. The wind has died down a little, but we'll see what it is at the top.

    February 20, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    I sense there may be some ice, ice ,baby....

    February 20, 2013

    • Lee T.

      I don't think so - the Sun would melt anything in the areas not shaded and I believe it will be warm enough today to melt the rest. It is 55° near the trailhead right now.

      February 20, 2013

    • FIGHT O.

      I'm talkin' bout a certain "flavor" of ice...

      February 20, 2013

  • Lee T.

    I don't see any snow on Echo, but there is a dusting on Inspiration Point. The wind is kicking up - if it is windy on top tonight, we will be down at the picnic tables on the left side of the trail just before you reach the Echo Mountain House ruins.

    February 20, 2013

  • Lee T.

    It's going to be a little on the cold side, but it won't be raining - Planning to head up about 5:00PM

    February 19, 2013

  • Sara

    Hurt my foot right before Christmas and haven't been able to hike. It still hurts but I'm hiking anyway. I miss everybody :( I figured this would be a good place to start...again :)

    February 18, 2013

  • iLedy

    Christine, where have you been hiding?

    February 18, 2013

  • Sara

    Need to start hiking again!

    February 16, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Wow, spring is almost here ....!

    February 14, 2013

  • Lee T.

    We only have 3 more hikes (this one included) before we switch to Daylight Savings Time and a 6:00 PM recommended start time.

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to joining the hike once it stays light longer. I just can't swing the time yet with work. Thank you for organizing this!
    Meet you all soon.

    February 14, 2013

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