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Historical Hike - Echo Mountain / Mt Lowe Railway (Altadena Area)

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September 26 - Historical Hike along the Sam Merrill trail to Echo Mountain / Mt Lowe Railway (Altadena Area)

Distance: 5.86 miles approx. total, out and back.

Gain: 1000'

Rated: Moderate, due to gain, this hike is NOT for beginners


One of the greatest historical hikes in the Angeles National Forest.

The hike route used to be the right of way for the Lowe Mountain Railway. We will go up the trail to the ruins of an old hotel that burned down in 1936 on the top of Mt Lowe.

Alan Pollack from the Santa Clarita Historical Society will explain the history of the area, especially the ruins of the hotel (photo above) and the remains of the railroad that served it (it was the greatest incline railroad in the world at one time) . We will check out an old megaphone that points up to Inspiration point. Yell into it and hear your echo being repeated over and over again. That is why it is called Echo Mountain. There are also remnants of a reservoir, tennis courts and an observatory nearby to check out.

Transport: (Parking can be a problem at the trail head on weekends)

Option 1: Meet at Towsley Canyon parking area in front of the green gate at 7:00AM to arrange carpools. We will leave at 7:15AM SHARP for Altadena.

Option 2: Meet at the Altadena Trailhead - Cobb Estate Gate at 8:00AM. Directions to trailhead below.

The group will leave the trailhead at 8.15AM SHARP!

(Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX).

Directions to the Trail head:

Address - 3302 Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
Coordinates:[masked], [masked] (34° 12′ 13.71″N 118° 07′ 49.82″W)

Take 210 East from Santa Clarita. From the 210, take the Lake Avenue exit North over the highway - from Pasadena into Altadena. Continue on Lake Ave. north as it climbs the hill. Parking is at the end of the street, near the sharp left hand turn (E. Loma Alta Dr.), outside the large gates of the Cobb Estate.

Permits: No permits are required, street parking only.

Bring: Water (3 liters is recommended), electrolytes if it is a hot day, sunscreen, hat, lunch/ snacks, hiking poles (which are very helpful on the climb up), and your camera. Wear layered clothing in case it gets hot or cold. Wear good boots with lots of tread on this trail.

Historian: Alan Pollack

Hike Leader: Ola