Echo Mountain 258 - 5th Anniversary ! ! !


Join Southern California's best Wednesday night hike! We proudly boast  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.

This will be the 5th anniversary of the Wednesday night Echo Mountain hike - I hope to see hikers from each of the 5 years. Let's celebrate this amazing tradition so many have enjoyed.

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. 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 7:21 PM with about another 25 minutes of twilight. Hikers go up at different times, depending on when they can get to the trailhead.  There will be no visible Moon tonight. Evening temperatures can get pretty chilly after the Sun sets  - many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort and a maybe a light jacket.

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 5:30 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.

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  • christy

    I had a great time

    April 13, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Awesome! Amazing! Fantastic! Epic! Truly da bomb! It was a party to remember! The only thing that could have enhanced this would have been a Full Moon – but I don’t think anyone really missed it. It was really great to see our “founding father” of Happy Hour Backpacking able to attend and of course Andrea, Hikin’ Jim (a.k.a. “Stove Man”), Kris, Hank, Christy and Joseph who have been M.I.A. for a while. Thank you all for attending – it is all of you who make this hike what it is. A special “welcome” to the newbies! I’m sorry I can’t say that every Wednesday will be like last night, but I can say every Wednesday will be fun and unique, each in its own way.
    For those who were not there – you missed an array of great snacks, beer, wine, champagne and camaraderie with a wonderful group of hikers.

    2 · April 11, 2013

    • Kris

      Wow, soo much fun! Thank you to happy hour hiking for all the amazing things you have done for soo many people in the past 5 years... I know in a round about sort of way it changed my life. Soo grateful Carlo had a birthday to make me take the eve off and celebrate with all you fine freaks again. Hope my schedule changes again soon and frees me up for my weekly Wed I always look forward to.

      April 12, 2013

  • Ledy ʕ.

    I can't believe we actually had 60 people last night! Is that a record, LT?

    April 11, 2013

    • Lee T.

      It is since I have been keeping count.

      April 11, 2013

    • Carol

      OMGosh! There were 60 peeps? Wow!!

      April 12, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Thank you for uploading your pictures, Carol. Ledy - you're bad! :)
    Another thing people who left early or didn't come missed was the banana Nut cake baked while on Echo Mountain by Hikin' Jim (of course there WAS more of us).

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Carol

      Yeah that cake Jim made was soooo yummy!!!

      April 12, 2013

  • Glen

    Hi Lee. That was the Almond champaign from Wilson Creek Winery. You can get it at Ralph's. Glad you liked it!

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Kimberly :.

      It is cheaper in the store than at the winery!

      1 · April 11, 2013

    • Glen

      Yeah! Your right!

      April 12, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Thank you for uploading your pictures, John!

    April 11, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Thank you Greg, Ledy and Bob for posting your pictures and to Dennis for the company on the way up and to Ryan and Ken for the company on the down. Also, a big "Thank you" to all of those that carried trash down!

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved seeing old friends and new ones as well, everything was awesome last night!

    April 11, 2013

  • Carol

    Last night was the BEST! There was SUCH A HUGE TURNOUT! With it being the 5 year anniversary AND Carlo's birthday! Wow! It was such a blast!!!! :D

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Stellar --- Outstanding Happy Hour to mark the fifth year of this outing .... Thanks to John for starting it and especially to Lee for keep-on-keepin'-on and making it happen !!

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Ledy ʕ.

    Awesome anniversary. Too much fun at top and at pub. LT finally made it to the pub with the gang. Thanks, LT, for a great night at Echo once again.

    April 11, 2013

  • Dalton

    Cool photos thanks for posting them. Wish I could have been there with you guys.

    April 11, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Cardinal/Gold Line leaves the Cobb Estate Station at 6:21PM and arrives at Echo Mt. Station at 7:00PM.
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run!

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      Not even trail runners make it up that fast !

      April 10, 2013

    • FIGHT O.

      Train left on time but arrived one minute late... 7:01pm. :(

      April 11, 2013

  • Kimberly :.

    Wow that was fun-I did not sign up here but Carlos told me to come to honor his birth year on fb. My only complaint is there was not enough funny hats.

    April 10, 2013

  • Hank

    Great turnout. Saw old friends and made new ones.

    April 10, 2013

  • Carol

    Hey Lee! It's Carlo's Birthday as well!! :D

    April 10, 2013

    • Kris

      Are you making Jello shots Lee?

      April 10, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Yes Ma'am - I believe these are the most popular - I call them "Lava Flow" - they are Strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada Jell-O.

      April 10, 2013

  • Carol

    Ok I found it! My FIRST hike was the #10 hike! HA! Wayyyy back in the day! Back when John Lare was hiking up the pony kegs! LOL!! CRAZY!!

    April 9, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      I just found my first -- It was #56 on 5/13/2009! It was my 10th hike up Echo Mountain, but only my first time attending the Happy Hour ..... As near as I can tell, tonight will be my 45th hike up Echo Mountain.

      1 · April 10, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      ?? hmmmm .... But I joined SCHHBC a year earlier on 3/30/08 which was about a week before Happy Hour #1 .... was I too wasted to keep a record ???

      April 10, 2013

  • Dalton

    Working in San Louis Obispo today and doesn't look like I'm going to make it in time. So sad. Was really looking forward to seeing you all there.

    April 10, 2013

  • Ryan

    Been doing this hike off and on for the past 3 years.. So looking forward to seeing all the old timers & newbies.. I will be leaving Cobb Estate around 5:30p with my friend Ken.. Cheers!!

    April 10, 2013

  • Carol

    Yess in deedy! I cant believe its been 5 years already! I cant remember if my first hike was...but Im gonna go back and see. I think we posted it on hike #100 when it was!

    April 9, 2013

  • Hank

    Looking forward to it rejoining this group! its been too long.

    April 8, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Conditions should be ideal for our anniversary hike - it looks like Wednesday is going to be the warmest day of the week. Insect repellent may be a plus.

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • kevin

    Family emergency

    April 6, 2013

  • christy p.

    sounds fun

    April 6, 2013

  • Lee

    Oops- Ryan has a concert on Wednesday night. I'll see you Saturday, Lee!

    April 6, 2013

  • Jaime

    I like Mount Lowe

    April 6, 2013

  • Paul

    or two

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Paul

    Going for my second ECHO Mountain Hike adventure...this time i willl bring a flashlight LOL.

    April 5, 2013

  • Paul

    Hello folks ...just joined this group ..any meet up before April 10

    March 24, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Paul - It was nice to see you at the Wednesday night Full Moon hike!

      April 1, 2013

    • Paul

      Likewise Lee.

      April 5, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Wait a minute. I just noticed something. There is somebody named Lee. And there somebody named Traci. And then there's somebody named Lee Tracy... Is there a Tracy Lee in the house?

    April 2, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      ..... Spencer Tracy? .... Bruce Lee? ..... Stagger Lee?

      April 2, 2013

  • Glen

    That is roughly 118.8 miles, 51.3 hours, and 88 black&tans.

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      Only 214 more to catch up with Lee .....

      April 2, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Do Forces of Nature have Birthdays ?? Yippee, more to celebrate!

    April 2, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    It just so happens to be my birthday too!!! You didn't forget my birthday, did you Lee?

    April 2, 2013

  • Brad P.

    Heads up - it's Carlo's Birthday as well!

    April 2, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Near as I can tell, this will be about my 44th hike up Echo Mountain .....

    April 1, 2013

  • Lee

    Lee- meet at 5:30 at the trailhead?

    March 9, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Most definitely!

      March 31, 2013

  • Dalton

    Can't wait to see you all again. Been on the road in Texas & Colorado for the past 2 years and haven't been around. Really looking forward to it.

    March 29, 2013

  • Traci

    Amazing to think it has been 5 years since the first hike with such fun friends!

    March 28, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Leaving the sidewalk at
    6:21 PM., SHARP! FIGHT ON!

    March 28, 2013

  • Gabor

    Pizza is on the menue!!!

    March 26, 2013

  • Gabor

    5 years already!

    March 14, 2013

  • Gabor

    L5

    March 14, 2013

  • Gabor

    L5

    March 14, 2013

  • kevin

    Absolutely....happy 5th anniversary "happy hour hiking"

    March 3, 2013

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