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Echo Mountain - Inspiration Point

Distance 10 miles

Elevation Gain: 2800 +

Rating: (Strenuous)

Directions and Trail Head:

Trail Head: The hike begins to the right of the stone gateway on the east side of the street

From the I-210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena, exit at Lake Avenue. Drive north for 3.4 miles to the end of Lake Avenue (where it intersects with the terminus of Loma Alta Drive running east and west).

Park along the street.

About the hike:

We will meet at the stone gateway at the north end of Lake Avenue, and then walk east about .2 miles to the marked beginning of the Sam Merrill Trail. After a short decent into the creek bed, the trail climbs steadily up the east slope of Los Flores Canyon. Just short of a half mile past the two-mile marker you will reach the old rail bed of the Mount Lowe Railway. Turn right (south) and follow the rail route about 100 yards to the Echo Mountain site. Plan to spend some time exploring the ruins, reading the historical plaques, and enjoying the views.

After a break at Echo we will continue on the Castle Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point: This trail starts at the junction near the entrance to the Echo Mountain area and ascends northeast into the upper reaches of Rubio Canyon to meet the creek, then contours back around to head east up the north wall of Castle Canyon to reach Inspiration Point in 2 miles. walking the first 1.2 miles of this trail and thoroughly loved it. It provides some superb views down into Rubio Canyon and back toward Echo Mountain. The dramatic scenery of Castle Canyon is stunning. The viewing ramada at Inspiration Point has been restored in recent years and makes a splendid destination. And from Inspiration Point, here's two more options that Schad describes (I have not hiked these yet): 1) You can climb to the 4714-foot peaklet just west of Inspiration Point. 2) You can turn right (south) and walk the 1 mile along the flat fire road going out to Panorama Point. In the old days, visitors could travel this stretch on a mule-pushed observation car that rolled along narrow-gauge rails — known as the O.M.& M. Railroad (One Man and a Mule). Schad writes that the views of the L.A. Basin from Panorama Point "are more fantastic (in my experience) than from any other land-based vantage point

Links of Interest (History of the site)

http://www.foothillflyers.org/reviews/echotrail.html

http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/echo.html

Thing to know:

PLEASE - Know your limits and abilities. Bring and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Dogs, well behaved and picked up after would be fine on this one. Watching out for snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while carrying on a conversation with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun. Tortoises should be left home as they will slow the group down.

Carry the ten essential:

http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/day+hiking+checklist.html

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any you are your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

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  • Hex C.

    August 27, 2013

    • Yesenia

      Tragic news to hear a hiker has fallen to his death.

      James, I’m grateful to be part of this group with so many extraordinaire organizers who take there time to organize these events so that we may enjoy a variety of places to explore and hike. Some of the leaders go way beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the hike. Mike and Lee are correct, this group leaves no one behind. It was listed that this was a strenuous hike, we need to know our hiking abilities before we sign up for a hike.

      1 · August 28, 2013

    • James T.

      I appreciated everyone efforts to organize all these wonderful hikes. I was a little disappointed there was nobody was appointed at the end of team hike. Later on, I attended Greater LA Hiking meetup group as a guest. I intended to hike last because I did not want to breath in a cloud of dust on the way down. An appointed last hiker asked me that I was part of the hiking team. I knew Lee was not there that day. Safety should be #1 priority.

      August 28, 2013

  • Brett S.

    There is no rhyme or reason. Let it be. Just be glad it wasn't you.

    August 27, 2013

  • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

    How sad I hiked up there earlier that morning before the group. I seen the rescue hellicopters on the way back.

    August 27, 2013

    • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

      Rescue of course

      August 27, 2013

    • James T.

      There were three electric workers on the trail. I was told by other hikers that a trail was closed nearby for some reason when I met them while they were hiking up.

      August 27, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Oh wow! Thanks for sharing...

      August 27, 2013

  • Lynn W.

    What a GREAT hike with REALLY GREAT people. I'm so happy I went. Thanks so much for the great photos everyone. I recovered quite nicely from the heat after about an hour. I'm back to normal and ready to do another...well in the 10 mile range anyway! Hope to see a lot of you again. Lynn

    3 · August 25, 2013

  • Mark B

    Thank you all for a great hike can't wait till the next one

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Yesenia

    Great Hike! I enjoyed hiking with so many friendly & fun people. :)

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    It was fun hiking with you guys today!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • George

    Great hike with a fun crew. This was the first time I have ever been to Inspiration Point.

    When I signed up, I had no idea that I would be hiking with such photogenic people. You all look marvelous!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late. There in 10.

    August 25, 2013

  • Stein

    Oh, when, I saw it was 17 on the waiting list, I did not even bother to add myself. But now that there is only 5, perhaps there is a chance. Hopefully if some of you end up not going, you'll have the courtesy to change your RSVP in time to give us the chance to go. My legs are "antsy" as I missed yesterday's hike.

    August 25, 2013

  • Anita K.

    Very sorry that I can't make it tomorrow! Hope somebody on the waiting list can take my spot.

    August 24, 2013

  • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

    I've decided to go earlier

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi!

    August 24, 2013

  • Mark B

    Please bring a 3 litres or more of water and electrolytes it is going to be warm

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Jean-Francois

    Hi Mark.. What's the chance to be in when we are 17 on the Waiting List? Thanks, JF

    August 23, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Hey Jean, just keep an eye out. People will cancel and more will RSVP. A lot of people will probably back out at the last minute as well. Your chances should be good according to statistics. Especially where you currently are on the list! Hope to see you there. :-)

      August 23, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Awe... you would've been on the list already.

      August 24, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I hope everyone is getting well hydrated for tomorrow! We will be mostly exposed to the sun tomorrow, it will be hot and we will need plenty of fluids and snacks/food.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Mike....I have you on record that you will work for food. I will hold you to that !!! lol

    August 23, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      that's how Boss Ladies are

      1 · August 24, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      OK....hike for food....work for food....what's the difference

      1 · August 24, 2013

  • Faustino

    The temperature forecast for sunday is 91 degrees. Mark going to drop out and head up earlier on my own. This will give someone on the waitlist the opportunity to move up.

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    For those who've never been or would like learn a lil history of the mountain. Our Main hike leader/founder of LA hiking, is even mentioned in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39-blSIsiqI&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

    August 23, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Please enjoy and see you guys Sun. {=^)

      August 23, 2013

  • Mark B

    Please keep your RSVP current we have a number of hikers who would like to join

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Yes, please be considerate for those still waiting to attend as well.

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I live close by.

    August 22, 2013

  • Mark B

    I just reviewed the forecast for Sunday and it's going to be on the warm side parts of this hike are fully exposed. Please make you have 3 - 4 litres

    August 21, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Yes...that was in 1996 when we re-built Inspiration Pt. Pavilion. We are making plans to re-build - again - Dawn Mine Station which burned down recently in the Station Fire.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    The one in the snow has been my favorite so far.

    August 18, 2013

  • Hex C.

    2nd time here, this time no snow

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Hex C.

    2nd time here, this time ni snow

    August 18, 2013

  • Anita K.

    I have done this hike once before and look forward to it! :-)

    1 · August 18, 2013

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