Past Meetup

Echo Mountain - Blue Moon hike

Hosted by So Cal Happy Hour Backpacking

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This Meetup is past

31 people went

Cobb Estate

Lake Avenue at Loma Alta · Altadena, CA

How to find us

Look for friendly, happy people ready for a hiking good time (usually with some type of backpack on).

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DO NOT PARK ON LAKE ! ! ! . Parking enforcement has been hit and miss - don't take a chance! For this hike it is recommended to not park on Loma Alta (unless you are certain you will be down before 10PM). You can park (unrestricted) on Monterosa, Marengo or further down Loma Alta - watch for the parking restriction signs.

This hike will be in the same fashion as the Wednesday night hike to hopefully accommodate those who cannot get there on Wednesdays or have to get up early on Thursdays. The posted start time is 6:30PM, but hikers head up at different times depending on when they can get there and their hiking ability. (I will start at 6:00PM as it takes me a little longer to get to the top).

Many hikers take about 55 to 75 minutes to get to the top ( a few less and a few more). My goal is to be at the top to see the Sun set and the Moon rise!

We proudly boast over 7 years of a traditional Wednesday night hike up to Echo Mountain missing only a few days when circumstances would not permit a safe and pleasant hike. Many people have ventured up to join the "Happy Hour potluck" (Hike #400 will be on the last Wednesday of this year!)

Join us for this special edition of the Wednesday night hike!

Please R.S.V.P if you believe you will be joining this hike and post what time you are planning to start - it encourages others to join. Seeing as we do not meet as a group at the beginning of the hike- it is best to try to find others who can hike up at the same time so no one hikes alone. If you are meeting someone - we usually meet at the gate at the end of Lake Ave. Hikers usually head back down in two or three different groups anywhere between about 8 and 9PM - I expect there may be several hikers staying later to enjoy the city view and the general ambiance of Echo Mountain at night.

First Timers - Please read the "First Timers" section, CAREFULLY !

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:

There is no trash collection at the top of Echo Mountain. Please help to keep the area clean by taking some down - there are trash bins at the gate. It is not fair to burden the last hikers heading down with all the trash.

Newcomers - please read "First Timers" and "What to bring" sections below so you don't wind up on the wrong trail. We do not gather and hike up as a group due to different hiking abilities and arrival times. Many people post their anticipated start time making it easy to form smaller groups for the trip up. You can use the comments section to communicate.

The Sun will set at 7:55 PM with about another 25 minutes of twilight. Hikers go up at different times, depending on when they can get to the trailhead.

The Full Moon will rise at 8:06PM - it is called the "Blue Moon"; because it is the second Full Moon in the same month. The last occurrence was August 31, 2012 and the next occurrence will be January 31, 2018. @018 will be especially rare as there will be a second Blue Moon in March.

Evening temperatures have been rather balmy recently, but many folks still bring a dry top to change into for comfort. If you have a favorite insect repellent you may want to bring it - otherwise someone will usually share theirs if you need it.

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. 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. This is a "go at your own pace hike" so almost anyone with some hiking experience can make it. Post your anticipated time to start - this gives people the opportunity to form groups to hike up together. Most people bring up something to share such as cheese, crackers, chips, dips, spreads, deli meats, fruit, etc. etc. Some hikers have been very creative and others have brought homemade items/ Just remember - not everything travels well in a backpack. You couldn't meet a nicer group of people! The warm, friendly atmosphere at the top has become a mid-week highlight to our weekly routines for many! So if you are into great company, tasty refreshments, historic hotel ruins and fantastic views then come on up for this Friday night version, you will love it.!!!!

First timers: You may locate the trailhead on Google Maps by entering 3388 Lake Ave. Altadena, Ca. 91001. If you 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 stone 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 towards where the sun set (or is setting). 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: Out of concern for the environment, please bring a reusable cup or non-breakable glass for your beverage, comfortable hiking shoes, ample water (particularly on hot days), some folks bring something dry to change into (it is best to layer) and Insect repellant. Also, something to share for the pot luck, and a HEADLIGHT OR FLASHLIGHT for the hike down, even when there is moonlight, there are areas of the trail that are in the shadows. In windy conditions, we gather at the "picnic grounds" on the left side of the trail just before the Echo Mountain House ruins.

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 the road leading to the trailhead. The best parking is when you turn left at the end of Lake onto Loma Alta Dr. Park on Loma Alta as the unrestricted parking is to 10 PM You will get a ticket on Lake parking is only until 8pm. Parking off Loma Alta on Monterosa or Marengo is unrestricted.

Post what time you'd like to go up and form your own groups. Everyone be safe and try to hike with someone.

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