Past Meetup

Snail's Pace to Echo Mountain + 4 Star Thai @ Saladang Garden

This Meetup is past

32 people went


Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Altadena, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 4/10

Distance: 5.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

Time: 3 hrs

Trail condition: Well maintained (except for trail to Muir Peak)

Water: Minimum 2 liters

Guest: 2

Dog: No

Toilette: None


What to bring: Please refer to US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List ( for guidance.

Parking: Street parking at Cobb Estate.

Trailhead address: 3302 Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001


Please Contribute:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 4 (Chip in link) (



From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, take exit 26 and head north on Lake Ave. Drive 3.6 miles to the end of the road and find street parking. The trailhead is on the right, just before the road turns sharply to the left and becomes East Loma Alta Drive.

Saladang Garden ( 383 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, Tel: (626)[masked]


Trail Description:

The trail starts from Cobb Estate Gate at the north end of Lake Avenue. Hike east on a paved walkway for one tenth of a mile and continue straight on a dirt path following the sign for Sam Merrill Trail. After a few hundred feet, you will reach the start of the trail.

Take a moment to look over the posted map. Then set out up the trail, which angles north across the typically dry creek below Las Flores Canyon. On the east side of the creek begins about 2.5 miles of switchbacks where it will test your endurance and stamina.

Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this 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. _____________________________________________________


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.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier (, fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.