Past Meetup

Mt. Lowe - The Hard Way

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We will meet at the intersection of Loma Alta and Lake Avenue at the Cobb Estate gate.

Route: We will take the Ridge straight up to Inspiration Point then Mt. Lowe.

Stats for Mt. Lowe.

Distance.: 14 miles

Elevation gain: 4,000'

Level: Moderate to Advance

Directions: From the I-210 fwy towards Pasadena, take the North Lake Avenue exit and head north until the end of Lake where it meets Loma Alta. Park on nearby streets. Please be mindful as this is a residential neighborhood.

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On top of Echo Mountain are the ruins of "White City," a resort along the scenic Mount Lowe Railway, which could easily be seen from the valley below. White City was the site of a magnificent 70-room Victorian hotel, the Echo Mountain House. Only a few hundred feet away stood the 40-room Echo Chalet. The complement of buildings on Echo included an astronomical observatory, car barns, dormitories and repair facilities, a casino and dance hall, and a menagerie of local fauna. For the seven years during which Lowe owned and operated the railway, it constantly ran into hard times. For one, its location was off the beaten path of the common traveler with little means of transportation up to the Altadena hillside.

Mt. Lowe

It might not be well known today, but in its time, the Mt. Lowe Railway was one of Los Angeles’s most popular and impressive tourist attractions. The railway didn’t survive the Great Depression and was quickly forgotten as Disneyland and Universal Studios became more famous, but intrepid hikers can still experience some of the history of it, enjoying the same panoramic views of the passengers.

Inspiration Point.

"Inspiration Point and the area have a rich history. The storied Pacific Electric Railway built an open-air shelter there in[masked], with locating tubes showing the location of points of interest ranging from nearby sites to Catalina Island. The locating tubes are pieces of pipe that are oriented so that the view through the pipe is centered on the point of interest." Source: (


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