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Echo Mountain 260 - Full Moon (almost)


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.

 

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).

Tonight the (almost) Full Moon (98%) will rise at 6:41PM and the Sun will set at 7:31. This will provide a lot of moonlight for the hike down. It should be a great evening for a hike - mild temperatures for hiking up - be prepared for some cooler temperatures when the Sun sets.

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 7:31PM 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 about 98% of the Moon tonight . Evening temperatures can still get fairly cool 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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  • Carol

    Sorry I didn't make it! I wanted to, but started to feel sick mid-day. Too nauseated to hike! uggg.... Next week hopefully!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Lee T.

    How very nice of Tom and Hoa to drive all the way in from Rancho Cucamonga to join our Wednesday night hike for the first time. I noticed the coffee Tom was making was a big hit - Not sure if Hoa or Tom brought the sausage and onion dish, but was delicious. A big thanks to Glen for lugging up the tables - they were greatly appreciated - especially seeing as our regular "table" was wet and tracked with mud. I think the tables add a touch of class to the hike. It was really nice to see everyone who came up even though the humidity we extremely high (yeah - I don't want to say it was raining) - we had no view on the way up or on top (for a while), but the clouds cleared rather suddenly before we departed and we were treated to an awesome view of the city lights.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    hey! I didn't get no special treat! :)

    April 24, 2013

    • Lee T.

      You didn't stay around long enough.

      April 25, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Great as ever -- but the fog and drizzle won't be "mist" .....

    April 25, 2013

  • iLedy

    count me in

    April 24, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Wow - you get a few clouds and they start dropping like flies. I am packing up the Jell-O shots - flavor du jour is Margarita! Have a couple of other special treats for those who make the trek tonight.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • iLedy

    I see four Glen's " I'll be there."

    April 24, 2013

    • Lee T.

      I guess he is really, really, really, really going to be there.

      April 24, 2013

    • Glen

      LOL. The meetup app on my phone was misbehaving. But, yeah, I really really really really plan to be there. :))

      April 24, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Great! Four rakes and one Swiffer duster! I like it real smoooooooooth!

    April 24, 2013

  • iLedy

    I'm hoping to make it, depending on when I get done with work.

    April 24, 2013

  • Glen

    I'll be there.

    April 24, 2013

  • Glen

    I'll be there.

    April 24, 2013

  • Glen

    I'll be there.

    April 24, 2013

  • Glen

    I'll be there.

    April 24, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Lee: Could you get some of the guys to bring along some rakes, And some of the girls to bring some Swiffer dusters and smooth out the trail for me and Scott? It gets tiring having to lift up your knees all the time and my shoes get so dusty! Thank you!

    April 24, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? FIGHT ON knows!
    HEHEHEHEHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!

    April 23, 2013

  • Lee T.

    I plan to head up about 5:30 at a slightly slower pace than the average hiker on this hike(and my backpack usually weighs more than the backpack of the average hiker on this hike)

    April 23, 2013

  • FIGHT O.

    FIGHT ON

    April 23, 2013

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