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Echo Mountain 256 - FULL MOON


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 note the new "Daylight Savings Time" suggested start time of 6:00PM

Tonight's Full Moon will be rising at 7:59PM.

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 7:10PM 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. The Moon will be full tonight . Evening temperatures can get pretty chilly after the Sun sets  - many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort and 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.

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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  • Henry

    Nice gathering with great people under full moon. Thanks leader Lee.

    March 29, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Thank you Bob and Ledy for uploading your pictures. Bob - you sure know how to use that camera. Your shots of the Moon are great, but your shots with the stars.........

    March 28, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Anyone have any more evidence, I meant pictures from the Ale House?

    March 28, 2013

  • christy

    I had a great time.

    March 28, 2013

  • Lee T.

    What an awesome evening - between Earlybird hiking and Happy Hour Backpacking we had about 45 fantastic hikers. It was so good to see so many familiar faces and to meet many new people that have either hiked to Echo Mountain for their first time or joined the Wednesday night "potluck" for the first time. What a party ! ! ! I don't think I met everyone, but it was nice to meet Doug, Paul, Mark and Vicky, Emily and Kevin, and a few others (sorry I didn't remember all the names). It was really good to see everyone. Glen's "Mai Tai" concoction was definitely palate pleasing (he's spoiling us) and the variety of other beverages and food was incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing many of the attendees become “regulars” on this hike.

    2 · March 28, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Thank you for posting your pictures Faustino and Greg !

    March 28, 2013

  • Jaime

    Nice to see you all

    March 27, 2013

  • Laura

    Will try again next week!

    March 27, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Look what just crawled out from under a rock... Jim v!

    March 27, 2013

    • Lee T.

      You mean "Hat Man" is going to trek up the mountain tonight ! ! !

      March 27, 2013

    • Jimbo

      I've been reborn...my name is now officially 'Jimbo'...

      March 27, 2013

  • Taryn L.

    We should be heading up around 6 pm

    March 27, 2013

  • Dee

    signs point to yes

    March 27, 2013

  • Doug

    I'm a first-timer for HH - looking forward to joining you all tonight

    March 27, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    March 27, 2013

  • Lee T.

    With all the Early bird and Happy Hour Hikers signed up (and those who sign up at the last minute) it looks like we will have over 30 people tonight. I'm looking forward to a great time on Echo Mountain tonight!

    March 27, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    there are seven others signed up on early bird. plus scott, that's 30 people! 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30! and then aj and his friend,+ bill, hiking jim, jim v. may show. :)

    March 26, 2013

    • Glen

      I'm going to need a lot of cups!!

      March 26, 2013

    • FIGHT O.

      why don't you guys simply fill up that concrete swimming hole next to the echo phone and use straws instead of cups? ;)

      2 · March 27, 2013

  • Carol

    Sadly, I have a funeral to go to during the day. I don't think Ill be attending....but we'll see. Most likely I wont be coming. :(

    March 26, 2013

    • iLedy

      Carol, you are going to be missed.... :'o(

      March 27, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Leaving the sidewalk at 6:10 PM. I'll be looking for my son Danny...

    March 23, 2013

    • iLedy

      Isn't that kind of late for you?

      March 26, 2013

    • FIGHT O.

      no way!, I step off the sidewalk exactly one hour before the sun sets.

      March 26, 2013

  • christy p.

    I am on spring break is going to be fun

    March 26, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    lotta people signing up, maybe more than last week. better start making jello.

    March 25, 2013

  • Lee T.

    I plan to leave at 5:30PM with a new hiker at a slower pace.

    March 24, 2013

    • FIGHT O.

      If you see my son Danny, you tell em I'm lookin' for him. ok?

      March 24, 2013

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