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Echo Mountain 325


Join Southern California's best Wednesday night hike! We proudly boast over 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). First Timers - Please read the "First Timers" section, CAREFULLY !

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 8:00PM with about another 25 minutes of twilight. Hikers go up at different times, depending on when they can get to the trailhead. The sliver of the Moon will be setting before we even head up the mountain.. Evening temperatures can sometimes get a little cool, even at this time of year - many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort.

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 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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  • Serena

    Hi Lee, would you consider organizing this hike for early weekend too?

    July 18, 2014

    • Serena

      Hi Bob, I would love to but I don't get off from work until 6:30. If happy hour also held on weekend, would surely be there :-)

      July 20, 2014

    • Lynda

      Serena, would taking a Wednesday off from work be an option? Plan other things for the same day so you've not used an entire day off just to attend a,hike.... Though is certainly worth it.

      July 25, 2014

  • iLedy

    Happy birthday our beautiful friend Lynda! Thank you, LT, for making it a special night for her. We love you!

    3 · July 24, 2014

    • Lynda

      Lee, you are THE man. Last evening was trilobite of the best birthday celebrations I have ever had..you and all made me feel So very special, and loved. Thank YOU every one!!!!

      July 24, 2014

    • Lynda

      Trilobite means.....one....I'­mnot sure Whaaaaat my phone was saying..lol....

      July 24, 2014

  • Lee T.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures Ledy, Greg, Brad and Rob.

    July 24, 2014

    • FIGHT O.

      Greg? Who's Greg?? I'm FIGHT ON!!! ☺

      July 24, 2014

  • Bob in P.

    Weather was balmy and warm with a nice breeze and the birthday party mood prevailed over all .....

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • "BERNIE"

    Thank you Lee for keeping this a Happy Hour Site. No need for negativity. See you soon.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lee T.

    Another wonderful time on Echo Mountain. We had a few hikers we haven't seen in quite a while and a few newbies and a whole lot of hikers that we have seen recently or on a regular basis.

    2 · July 24, 2014

  • Lynda

    This day marks the annual recurrence of my 21st birthday, and I plan to enjoy this day immensely, with the same spirit I live every day!!! Please come,and celebrate,with me!!!

    3 · July 18, 2014

    • Bob in P.

      yum ....

      1 · July 23, 2014

    • Lee T.

      And we had a lot of fun celebrating with you!

      July 24, 2014

  • Brad P.

    Going up around 5:00. With a squirt gun

    3 · July 23, 2014

    • iLedy

      Should have spent a few $$$ more for an Osprey hydration pack.

      July 24, 2014

    • iLedy

      Thank god I have a Galaxy S5. It's waterproof.

      1 · July 24, 2014

  • "BERNIE"

    Mr Congeniality will be back soon to greet all of my friends and a few other not so friendly. Fight On!

    July 23, 2014

  • FIGHT O.

    BTW where is Mr. Congeniality?

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • iLedy

      And you win the gold for Mr. Insensitivity of the year!!!

      1 · July 23, 2014

    • Sara

      And most irrelevant comments.

      1 · July 23, 2014

  • Lynda

    About half dozen of my hiking friends who don't normally attend our Wednesday trek up MAY be coming to join is. :-)

    3 · July 22, 2014

  • Jin

    Hello! I am not sure if I will be able to make it today :( I think I'm getting sick from working around sick people all day long...but I'll do my best to make it!

    July 23, 2014

  • FIGHT O.

    Cover your ears AJ!

    July 23, 2014

  • Lee T.

    HEading up at 5:30 at a slightly slower pace than the average hiker on this hike.

    July 23, 2014

  • Jin

    Lee, will you be climbing around the usual 5:30?

    July 22, 2014

    • Lee T.

      Yes - I will.

      July 23, 2014

  • FIGHT O.

    takemetoyourleader!

    1 · July 20, 2014

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