July 4th to Echo Mountain at Night

This is the 8th annual Fourth of July night hike to Echo Mountain for our Hiking club.

• Maintaining the Tradition.... 

• And the Santa Monica Hiking Club will join up with us.

 

We will meet at top of Lake Ave. at Cobb Estate at 6:15 PM - Altadena, CA

Park along the curb on either street or side street - WATCH OUT FOR PARKING SIGNS - I always park on side street to be safe.

This is the famed Mt. Lowe Railway Hotel location....3200 ft. elevation where Professor Thaddeus Lowe built the White City back in 1893.  It started a 40 year tourist attraction where people came from all over the world to take the "Railway To The Clouds"  (See pic below)

Bring food, snacks, and drinks of your choice.

AND Bring water

Distance: 5.2 miles round trip

Level: 5 / 10 Medium...not for beginners

Elevation: 3200 ft - elevation gain 1400 ft....continuous uphill trail.

No Dogs

The main objective is to watch the fireworks at the Rose Bowl (and other surrounding city fireworks) ....or is it to Party??

Hike up the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mtn. When we reach the top (1.25 hours) we will sit around and watch the Rose Bowl fireworks which start at about 9 PM. If you have collapsible lawn chairs that can fit on your back pack, bring them b/c as you may know, there are no seats up there.  We will assemble at the hotel level up the steps...our traditional spot.  You can sit on the foundations or bring a chair....or sit on the ground.

We will be a distance from the Bowl, and the fireworks look a little tiny from atop Echo, but it is fun anyway. Especially when we are enjoying the refreshments we take with us.

There will be other groups up there....Sierra Club and Meet Ups.

This has become a very popular event.

For those who have never hiked to Echo Mtn. this trail is almost constantly uphill with little respite. You cannot get lost, so if anyone has trouble going up, you can always turn back.

It is a medium level hike, not a beginner hike.  You may bring flashlights for the trip back down.

We will head back down at about 9:45 - 10 PM , and be back to cars by 10:30 or 11 PM -- however, anyone who elects to leave early, that is an option.

 

Lee Zebold Hike Leader

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  • Doen k.

    Good to see you

    July 6

  • Larry T

    Great fun! Thank you Lee and John!

    1 · July 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carmen i like your photos, i feel like you were on a different hike.. the fireworks were distant to me.. you made them look like our own private show.

    3 · July 6

    • Carmen

      Thanks, Carey. Well, sometimes I do space out :)))

      July 6

  • Bita Enayati A.

    Any hike in PV, I'm interested too. Could you email me too please? [masked]

    July 6

    • A former member
      A former member

      U can contact me. I am in a group there, also the LA hiking group has dan doing a potluck next week

      2 · July 6

  • Kimanh

    very sweet...a very eclectic group bonding...honoring the birthday of our great nation...

    5 · July 5

    • Kimanh

      thank you Carey!

      July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      Email me if your going to do one of the upcoming Full moon hikes or the potluck on july 13th in PV..

      1 · July 6

  • ! That JOHN G.

    Awesome night!!! Fireworks friends and food!!! Oh... And that trumpet player was pretty good too!! Thanx Lee!!

    7 · July 5

  • Armond

    A nice workout to the top. A very nice gathering to enjoy the evening and watch the fireworks. Thank you all for great company. Thank you Lee and John for organizing the get together for this year as well !!

    4 · July 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow what a great night ...and the weather!! We just finished our hike. I hope the rest of the group in Laguna had a great time too.. we have another big potluck hike today(Saturday) if anyone wants to come...goodnight

    3 · July 5

    • Lee Z.

      Thanks for you and your friend showing up with your hair all lit up with lights. Great effect

      3 · July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was their first hike.. I thought 'if we can't light fireworks on the mountain, we can at least light us up and pass out lights to the people'. Changed from a potluck to a lightluck

      2 · July 5

  • Monica W.

    I felt great getting up this morning, no pain, no sore, just relaxed body and mind. Hiking is amazing!

    5 · July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      Though I don't believe you. Still if you feel that good please come for part ll. We will hike at 6pm in the OC with food and drink. Saturday.

      July 5

  • sboy

    Wow what a great night, fun people, great energy and perfect weather. Thanks lee I enjoyed giving you a big hug after you made it up the hill. You were the sweep as usual :) And that john guy, fun as anything. And the duet with armond, priceless...not quite tear evoking.,.but close!

    2 · July 5

  • JaeTee

    Amazing. My favorite part though was actually looking back at the mountain, as all the hikers were coming down. And seeing all the lights!

    5 · July 5

    • Eric B

      Finally got to the bottom after 2 am, we would have stayed forever if Dominos delivered up there!

      1 · July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      We enjoyed shining light up to you guys and you shining the lasers back

      July 5

  • Ranger B.

    Great times! It was good to see a lo of people I haven't seen in awhile. Hope everyone got down ok, that you remembered to go down with a buddy and a headlamp

    4 · July 4

    • Lee Z.

      Thanks for helping me last night New Bob....oops... that slips out once in awhile.

      July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ya we made sure everyone had a light to go down the Mountain with.. Last ones out were SMHG

      July 5

  • Lee Z.

    So glad that Santa Monica Hiking joined us !!! Hope we do it again next year

    9 · July 5

  • Jen

    It was an amazing evening...so good seeing everyone.
    Thanks John and Lee for your combined efforts in hosting this event.

    3 · July 5

  • jose s.

    Epic

    4 · July 5

    • Lee Z.

      My thoughts exactly

      2 · July 5

  • Lee Z.

    What a memorable night. Not only was it a good workout (and it wasn't that hot really), fantastic group of peeps, and a night full of gazing a the beautiful valley below us and the wonderful fireworks. This has to be the primo event of the year...we at least one of them.

    7 · July 5

  • Carmen

    Very good workout going uphill and a memorable time at the top of Echo Mountain celebrating the 4th with fellow hikers and leaders of two great hiking groups.

    6 · July 5

    • Lee Z.

      John and I figured between our 2 clubs we had over 200 people - awesome

      3 · July 5

  • anne h.

    Sooooo much fun on that mountain! Thanks to everyone for sharing!!

    5 · July 5

  • Wilson T.

    Am I imagining or did the walk down seem much longer than the way up? What a great spot to watch the Californian sunset and see the city come to life. Thanks to all who shared their sandwiches, cakes, beers and their life stories.

    3 · July 5

  • ! That JOHN G.

    Awesome time y'all!!!

    5 · July 5

  • Kimanh

    anyone want to carpool? I'm in Sherman Oaks...will leave at 5:30? prob from the whole foods at ventura and sepulveda. my car can handle 5 people...including myself. 6 or 7 or 8 if we are all asians. I kid...I kid...okay, 5 total. please email me by 4:39:16

    1 · July 4

    • Shannon M

      Lol just read your comments Kimanh

      July 5

    • Kimanh

      haha shannon...now we're gonna have to change it to "the new breakfast club"

      1 · July 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to our leaders and all the participants! Great singing with the crew to end the night! :) God Bless!

    3 · July 5

  • Bita Enayati A.

    This was one of the funnest hikes I've ever been to with some very nice people. The sunset was spectacular from the top as well as the fireworks. Next time I'll just have to buy flashlights that can stick to your forehead. Very long hike for me but I really enjoyed it in the company of so nature-loving Angelinos. Thank you for organizing this!

    5 · July 5

  • camille m.

    This was my 1st hike with you guys! So fun.

    4 · July 5

  • Leila

    Amazing views! Wonderful hike! Thank you!!!

    3 · July 4

  • Jay

    Coming a bit later. I hope.

    2 · July 4

  • Jay S.

    May I carpool with somebody? [masked]

    July 4

  • Scott H.

    Plans changed, see you next time!

    July 4

  • Ali-Kona

    Is this a potluck event?

    June 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok here's the scoop Dan, I have a third hike with 60 RSVP's for the July 4th night too.
      And the OC groups just decided to jump ship it seems to another meetup hiking org. So I am promoting and informing and showing pictures, posting info, directions.
      . ..
      So many people turn out to be flakes last minute, that I kept my name on both county locations/3 hikes just in case one set of ''friends'­' flakes on going, then I will go hike with the other people I know who are going either to Laguna or the 3rd hike nearby Laguna.. Glad I could simplify that for y'all. Please bring cheese. Btw, the Laguna gate 14 /cliff view is the one hike I can't picture. Why don't you post a picture here on the Echo mountain hike for all to see....

      July 4

    • Dan K

      We are going to have great potluck:-)

      July 4

  • Bita Enayati A.

    Thank you for organizing this hike. Is the trail made of sands like Runyon Canyon or more like rocks and dirt like in Temescal Canyon? In other words, is it going to be slippery and dangerous in terms of slipping? Or the only challenge is just going uphill the whole time?

    July 2

    • Shannon M

      Will bring my headlamp!!

      July 3

    • Kimanh

      "serpentine lights weaving down the hill"...why, Lee...you're quite the romantic writer...lovely

      July 4

  • Bita Enayati A.

    I heard 6:15 pm.

    1 · July 4

  • Shannon M

    Hi can you pls confirm what time I'd need to be there to start up the hill with the group?

    July 4

    • Lee Z.

      I have it stated at 6:15 PM. However I will be there by 6, and there will probably be a lot of people already there. Some like to head up right away before I make announcements. I usually wait until 6:30, after the bulk of the group heads up the hill, to make sure stragglers (late comers) can get directions or hike with me at the back end. This trail is single track, and the only trial going up - you cannot get lost, and many people already know the way, so they don't really need a leader.

      July 4

    • Shannon M

      Ok thanks!

      July 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello to ALL,
    Sadly, I won't be able to make it this evening. I just officially cancelled on this site. I hope all of you have a great time. Happy 4th of July !
    :-)

    July 4

  • Jaime

    Hi Kimanh. Live in Sherman oaks n I'm up for carpooling...carpool lane should help with traffic and if not, at least we can chat and pass the time in traffic. I see you 5-5:30.

    July 4

    • Kimanh

      Jaime...okay...I will meet you in parking lot at front of the whole foods. We'll have plenty of time. So..shall we say 5:15?

      July 4

  • Thomas

    If it's cooler than 90 degrees at the time I'd be leaving, I'm there. Or, even better, can we somehow move Echo Mountain to the the beach?

    July 4

  • Dan K

    Lee, I am doing symbolic RSVP for your hike:-)

    July 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      Now that's the spirit. RSVP for one and one RSVP for all!

      July 4

  • anne h.

    We all parked on surface streets last year on July 4th nobody got tickets.

    July 4

  • camille m.

    How is the parking situation since its a holiday????

    July 3

    • Faustino

      You can get a ticket on N. Lake after 8 p.m. You can get a ticket on Alta Loma after 10 p.m. Park on one of the side streets further down and there should be no problem. Of course observe all the street signs as you ultimate guide.

      1 · July 3

  • Shannon M

    Are there going to be fireworks does anyone know? Or are we so high we can see all the fireworks from everywhere?

    June 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well as my trail guardian and mentor, please introduce me to one of your thousands of lady friends. We can have fireworks of our own. The 'safe and sane' ones of course

      July 3

    • Vlad

      I agree with Lee Z. Went there many times - never had problem to "hardly get up" or see fireworks. I dunno - who is 'exalted LEE'?

      July 3

  • Faustino

    I'll be heading up early to avoid the huge crowd. I'll also be weighed down with the imaginary piano bench for the imaginary piano that's being carried up. Using my imagination I've disguised the piano bench to look like wine bottles. Heading up at 5:30 p.m. in the blistering heat.

    1 · July 2

    • Lee Z.

      Yes it will be warm....when we start up, it may be mid 80's, but down to high 60s at night. One year it was over 95 going up....now that was really hot.

      1 · July 2

    • Lee Z.

      Remember, folks, we are hikers!!! Our bodies sweat, and the sensation of heat is greatly mitigated in favor of having a great time and getting good exercise.

      3 · July 2

  • jose s.

    Booze is Mandatory

    2 · June 29

  • Lee Z.

    I will probably have to help John carry Gern's piano back down, so I just bought an industrial strength lumbar/sacral back brace. :-)

    1 · June 26

    • Jay

      He's two-thirds on his way to becomming a Smore! Does he break into campfire song often? Hate it when that happens... ;)

      3 · June 27

    • Kimanh

      hahaha....you guys are hilarious...so cruel...

      1 · June 27

  • Ken S.

    Rumor has it that John Guy will be performing the soliloquy from Hamlet with a glockenspiel....

    2 · June 20

    • Jay

      I like to take a hike..."and turtles"

      1 · June 20

    • Ken S.

      His next book "How to lead a hiking group in the spirit of "The Young and The Restless"

      1 · June 20

  • David

    Lee, do you accept this "Ice Cold Water Challenge?" We can do this after you arrive at Echo Mountain!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    June 16

    • Lee Z.

      check out the photo I added at the top

      June 19

    • David

      I'll cart up 25lbs of ice if others bring 5, 1 gallon bottles of water!! Bring a change of clothes Lee. I called out That John Guy but he hasn't accepted yet.

      1 · June 20

  • Lee Z.

    There will be at least 300 people combined on both levels at the Echo Mtn. hotel site

    June 4

    • Jay

      ♡ Cozy!

      1 · June 4

    • Adam L.

      i wonder if someone'll be dumb enough to try and book reservations on hotwire or priceline for the hotel :)

      1 · June 20

  • GERN B.

    can i bring my piano?

    1 · June 19

    • Ken S.

      Only if it's a 9 foot Steinway grand.

      1 · June 20

  • Dennis

    Dogs are allowed on this trail are they not?

    June 1

    • Jay

      You can't bring Yeti's or yak's either, Gern. But maybe turtles are permitted - if small. How small?

      1 · June 19

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good looking ladies only then?

      2 · June 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just hiked the ECHO MOUNTAIN FULL MOON HIKE last night. With LEE/ the other LEE hike leader.. we did a food and party hike. I can't imagine where we will fit 300 people on that ledge and the trail Is single file up and back. Unless you take the other approach up. Also parking is street only and lake street is a ticket after 8pm. If you have a flyer or any other details LEE Z. Please let me know when I see you this Friday at the full moon, G.P. hike.

    1 · June 12

    • Lee Z.

      Carey....I recommend everybody parks on the side streets and check for street signs. There is a lot of room up there....that picture I put shows only the lower tier. We always go up to the second level.

      1 · June 19

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