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Echo Mountain 239 - Full Moon

   Join Southern California's best Wednesday night hike! We proudly boast more then 4-1/2 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".

 This is a Fulll Moon hike - The Full Moon will rise at 5:02PM offering considerable light for the hike down

   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 4:43PM 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 Full Moon rises at 5:02PM tonight! Evening temperatures can get downright cold after the Sun sets  - many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort and a jacket or hoodie. Gloves are also 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 5:00 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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  • FIGHT O.

    ok you organizers, first you say there's gonna be a full moon, then you say it's gonna rain! NO FULL MOON AND NO RAIN! :(

    November 28, 2012

    • Jimbo

      ) )

      November 30, 2012

    • FIGHT O.

      THERE IT IS!!!!!

      November 30, 2012

  • Lee T.

    Where were all the die hards? We had a few, but there used to be more then 6. Annie - sorry you missed this - there were a couple of hikers that left at 5:40. Hope you can make one of the upcoming Echo Mountain hikes.

    1 · November 30, 2012

  • Annie

    Hi all, hope you are all having a good time. Sorry, I really wanted to go and meet new friends, but my friend backed out cause she said it was gonna rain and I didn't wanna hike alone at night. Maybe next time you guys plan on meeting up again, I can hike up with one of you? :)

    November 28, 2012

  • Hikin J.

    Heading up at about 6:00 PM ... more or less. Just got out of a tech test. TOUGH!

    November 28, 2012

  • Lee T.

    Bring your umbrella, Carol.

    November 28, 2012

  • Lee T.

    Ellen - I'll look for you at 4:30 - but will head up by 4:40 as I am still a little slow and you will catch up.

    1 · November 28, 2012

  • Lee T.

    It looks like we might have some light showers between 4:00 and 4:30 -4:45 and then nothing for a few hours. This trail does not get muddy (except for a couple little puddles) so a little moisture shouldn't be a big deal.

    November 28, 2012

  • FIGHT O.

    Full moon? PROVE IT!

    November 28, 2012

  • Max M.

    Hello I'm new to this group and i look forward to hiking with everyone. Just a quick question about this hike, and this group in general, can i bring my dog along? Do others bring their dogs? He is an Blue Heeler, very well behaved. Thanks!

    November 26, 2012

    • Lee T.

      The rain or the dogs?

      November 27, 2012

    • FIGHT O.

      The dogs!

      November 28, 2012

  • Annie

    I've hiked up Echo Mountain with my friends before and think I might have met some members of this group. I saw some people "partying" up there with drinks and food. Someone told me that they meet up on a regular basis for this hike. I was amazed...and I think I would like to join. :)

    November 27, 2012

    • Lee T.

      Welcome Annie - Unless it is pouring rain, we will see you at the Echo Mountain House (ruins). What time are you planning to head up?

      November 27, 2012

  • Hikin J.

    Is the weather going to hold? I'm OK with a little weather as long as it doesn't turn into a torrential downpour.

    November 27, 2012

  • FIGHT O.

    Rain? if jello shots were floating down out of the sky on little tiny parachutes instead of rain, I bet you wouldn't miss hiking Wednesday! :)

    November 27, 2012

  • FIGHT O.

    Hey!, AJ!!, WHERE'S, MY, PICTURE?!?!????? (You promised......)

    November 26, 2012

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