Echo Mountain 304

 Join Southern California's best Wednesday night hike! We proudly boast almost 6 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).

Around the turn of the century things were a little different on Echo Mountain and Mt. Lowe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc_lqdHyNNs

There is no trash collection at the top of Echo Mountain. Please help to keep the area clean by taking some down - there are trash bins at the gate. It is not fair to burden the last hikers to leave the top with all the trash.

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 5:46PM with about another 25 minutes of twilight. Hikers go up at different times, depending on when they can get to the trailhead. The Moon will somewhere on the other side of the planet. Evening temperatures are pretty chilly at this time of year- many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort and othe layers. Hat and gloves can be 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 5:30 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 the hike up and the 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 I-210 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 event. Each person who signs up for an event 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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  • Lynda

    What a lovely evening....and I love walking in the rain, so hiking in the rain with friends was no different. Thanks for the jelloshots, Lee!

    February 27

  • ♥ Cecelia ♥

    ♥I love hiking in the rain♥it was pouring on the way down♥the best part was having cherry jello shots on the way down with the company of 4 awesome dudes♥

    February 26

  • FIGHT O.

    I'm down and it just started to rain! yeah!!!!

    February 26

  • Lee T.

    I need a small propane gas

    February 26

  • Lee T.

    I need a small propane gas

    February 26

  • Lynda

    IF it is raining tomorrow at hike start time, I'm going to go somewhere warm and dry..who's with me?

    1 · February 25

    • Carol

      You guys are going to drive ALL the way to Taylors! And oh..that's $$$ lol

      February 26

    • Ledy

      Lynda and I live that way

      1 · February 26

  • Lee T.

    5:00 and all's well - no rain - 0% to 9PM.

    1 · February 26

  • FIGHT O.

    alright I'll go... but I won't be able to stay at the top and socialize for hours like I normally do. just up and down. boombidyboom!

    February 26

  • Larry T

    Wish this wasn't so far away from Redondo Beach...

    February 26

    • Ken S.

      What if I give you a NAMM pass????

      February 26

  • Lee T.

    If you have really good eyes (more like X-Ray vision) you can Spot the (Space) Station - Time: Wed Feb 26 6:11 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 84 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: SE

    February 26

    • ♥ Cecelia ♥

      ill be there before 6:11 to see it with my x-ray vision :)

      February 26

  • Lee T.

    Depending on who you listen to - weather.com says 0% rain to 6:00, then 10 % to 8:00 when it increases to 20% (we'll be on our way down). If a few people bring a little extra water, we'll have a little extra hot chocolate!

    1 · February 26

    • Ledy

      My sources say a few showers at 9:00p. Heck, it could be 35° and raining, and it won't be the first we've been up Echo. And that was just last year. Even the destructive wind on December 8th, we were still up there.

      February 26

    • Ledy

      Besides that's what REI is there for -- rain gear.

      February 26

  • Rob

    Friends need an airport pickup; can't make this one today.

    February 26

  • Ledy

    Anyone interested in a box of used mystery/thriller paperbacks for FREE?

    February 25

    • Christine S.

      Me, me!!! My mom LOVES those kind of books!

      February 25

    • Ledy

      Awesome. I'll bring them tonight.

      February 26

  • Bob in P.

    I'm just hoping for ANY pace after the last two weeks .....

    February 24

    • Bob in P.

      Yah, last time up was 1/29 and I may miss again tomorrow -- I'm in Palm Springs helping with a family move to Irvine, so I may get back too late .....

      February 25

    • Ledy

      Boo!

      1 · February 25

  • Ledy

    Carol is going to be in the house!!! Yippee... this calls for a celebration.

    1 · February 25

    • Carol

      LOL... Yeah but I'm usually already going down by the time you are coming up! LOL!!

      February 25

  • Ledy

    I might actually be able to use my rain gear again! Woohoo

    2 · February 24

    • Ledy

      It looks like the meteorologists are wrong AGAIN. No rain until Thursday.

      1 · February 25

    • Carol

      I personally thought it wasn't until Friday. But for the record...they always promise rain..and we get jack diddley!!!

      February 25

  • ♥ Cecelia ♥

    ha!! ill be heading up at my usual fast pace!!

    1 · February 24

  • Lee T.

    I plan to head up at 5:30 at my usual, slightly slower pace.

    February 23

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