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Echo Mountain trailhead

Intersection of E Loma Alta Drive and Lake Ave · Altadena, CA

How to find us

Meet at the gate near the trailhead (Lake Ave & E Loma Alta Dr)

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Organizer: Rick Sarpolus & Steve

Location: Altadena, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 7/10

Distance: 12.75 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 2800'

Time: 5 hours or less, stops included

Trail condition: Single file trail, almost no shade

Weather Report: Altadena Weather Report (

Water: Minimum 2.5 liters

Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link. (

Guest: No guest

Dog: No dog

Toilette: None

Carpool: Please sign up here (


What to Bring: Hat, hiking poles, sunscreen, energy bar, snacks, water and headlamp / flashlight.

What to Wear: With almost no shade, going up would be sunny. Check the weather forecast and dress comfortably.

Direction: On 210 freeway, take N Lake Ave exit. Head north and drive to the intersection of Lake Ave and E Loma Alta Dr. Park on the street.

Parking: On the street near the trail head. Watch out for No Parking signs.


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Trail / Venue Description:

This is a popular hike in the lower San Gabriels Mountain area of Southern California with incredible vistas, forested mountain canyons, and the ruins of a turn-of-the-century mountaintop resort hotel. For history buffs, plaques and markers placed along the ruins and the route of an old railroad through the mountains will bring back images of past glory. I have done this hike several times before but the last time was over a year ago. That's why I call it exploratory.

We will start at 6:30 a.m. up to Echo Mountain (3048') and then to Inspiration Point (4283'). Hiking at a moderate pace, we plan to reach Inspiration point by 10 am with short breaks to regroup. Let's indulge with the views of the city and the sunset and head back the same way we came up.

Note specific to this hike: The trail is well maintained but almost no shade along the way. It is rugged in small sections.

If you do not have your recent hiking experience posted on your profile, please message me the same. This hike is NOT for beginners.


Our Policy:

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.


Warning and Disclaimer:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

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