This morning's hike is to Echo Mountain in the daylight for those who do not like to hike in the dark, but would like to see the area (Happy Hour Backpacking is here every Wednesday night).
Around the turn of the century things were a little different on Echo Mountain and Mt. Lowe:
Here is a little more history of the area you are about to visit:
The Hike: We follow the (lower)Sam Merrill Trail up the East wall of Las Flores Canyon to Echo Mountain and ruins of the former White City. We will have a snack break at Echo Mountain with time to explore the ruins and enjoy the vistas before heading back down. This is a moderate hike of about 2.6 miles up with about a 1400 ft. elevation gain and 2.6 miles down on a very well maintained trail. This is not a hike for beginners. Happy Hour Backpacking does this hike every Wednesday, weather permitting, and it just keeps getting better, but not everyone can join on Wednesday nights and others just don't like to hike in the dark (the Sun has long set by the time most hikers head back down on Wednesdays). Average time up is about 1 hour to 1-1/4 hours (slower hikers may take 90 minutes - almost everyone makes it back down in about an hour). We are hiking as a group, but we know some hikers are faster than others - once the hike gets past the water fountain and across the debris dam, you can't get lost - as long as you stay to the right when you get to the top - the ruins are just a short distance out on the promontory.
Directions: Take the I-210 towards Pasadena, get off on Lake Ave., go North until Lake Ave. ends. On the right side where it ends is the gate to the former Cobb Estate and where we meet for the Echo Mountain Hike.
First timers: You may locate the trailhead on Google Maps by entering 3388 Lake Ave. Altadena, Ca. 91001. If you arrive after the group leaves and are not hiking with someone who is familiar with the trail, please read this carefully. As you reach the top of the paved road where it turns, DO NOT TURN - there is a sign that says "Trail" with an arrow pointing to the right - follow this and you will pass a water fountain on your left. Continue to the edge of the canyon and take the trail to the left - DO NOT descend into the canyon here - follow the trail around the edge of the canyon, descending behind the debris dam and up the far side following the trail to the left. As you ascend, you want to be able to look across Los Flores Canyon to the west.You are about 1/2 way as you pass under the power towers. When you reach the junction after about 2.5 miles, go to the right - slightly downhill a few hundred feet to the Echo Mountain House ruins.
What to bring: Sun screen, ample water, comfortable shoes, insect repellent(?) and something for the snack break (it is fun to share).
Liability: The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the event. Each person who signs up for an event is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, 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, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.