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Echo Mountain - Full Moon

  • Jan 26, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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This hike is a clone of the Wednesday night hike to allow those who can't come up on Wednesday to experience this fun event and those who are able to join us on Wednesday to get an earlier start to see the sunset from the top. Happy Hour Backpacking has been doing this hike every Wednesday (conditions permitting) for almost 5 years with Early Bird Hiking joining us since June 2011.

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. We usually do not meet as a group at the beginning of the hike, but I anticipate most hikers will start at 4:00PM. A few of us who are slower hikers will begin about 3:30. Newcomers - please read "First Timers" and "What to bring" sections below so you don't wind up on the wrong trail or be left in the dark. 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 this website to communicate.

The Sun will set at 5:17 PM with about another 25 minutes of twilight. Hikers go up at different times, depending on when they can get to the trailhead.  Some hikers leave earlier to be on the trail for the sunset and to the top before it gets dark. The Full Moon will rise at 5:15PM. Evening temperatures can get downright cold after the Sun sets  - many folks bring a dry top to change into for comfort and a jacket or hoodie. Gloves are also a plus.

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. We do this hike every week weather permitting and it just keeps getting better. People start out at different times between about 5:00 and 6:30 (some even start earlier). 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)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 a bottle of wine, cheese, deli meats, fruit, beer,etc. etc. You couldn't meet a nicer group of people, so if its friends that you are looking for, this hike is it! The warm, friendly party atmosphere at the top has become a highlight to a lot of our work weeks, so if you are into great company, food, drinks, historic hotel ruins and fantastic views than come on up, 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 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, good hiking shoes, water, maybe a wind breaker or similar(some folks bring something dry to change into) - it is best to layer. Also, something to share for the pot luck, and a HEADLIGHT OR FLASHLIGHT for 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 210 fwy 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 trail head. 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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  • Lee T.

    Thanks for posting your pictures Kevin!

    January 27, 2013

    • kevin (The One and O.

      Thanks for setting it up, Lee!!! It was one of the most pleasant and beautiful nights to venture up Echo Mt. Although I now learned from your link that it is a little spooky...

      January 29, 2013

  • Monique

    Arrived to Pasadena police and coroners at the gate...that was enough for me to head back home. Hope you all made it up safely!

    January 26, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Across Las Flores Canyon -http://altadena.patch...­

      January 29, 2013

    • kevin (The One and O.

      @Lee: I ready your link. Sad!!Sad!!Sad!!Hmmm...ho­pefully he will not haunt us while we are having our happy hours...

      January 29, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Tonight's hike was awesome, even though just a little over 1/3 of the hikers who RSVP'd showed up. We had the most incredible sunset, a really fun group of hikers, a variety of food and beverage, no rain, no wind, mild temperatures and we did finally see the Full Moon on our way down. AND I DID NOT BURN THE JIFFY POP THIS TIME ! ! ! !

    January 26, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      Speaking of sunsets -- we should only be so lucky as to have one next Wednesday that is half as good as the one yesterday (Monday) .....

      January 29, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Sorry I couldn't make it. Came off my hike in Santa Monica hills and went for some food with other hikers .... didn't get back to Pasadena until about 5:30 and was too pooped to make it up the hill again ..... looks like you had a good time!

    January 26, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Right now the forecast says only 10% chance of rain by hike time! We may actually see a nice sunset and the Full Moon.

    2 · January 26, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Usually we do not meet as a group to hike up- we meet at the top (or on the trail), but seeing as it is Saturday and more people should be able to get to the gate on time it would be nice to gather as a group for the hike, especially for those who have never hiked this trail. So if you arrive shortly before 4PM, please wait until 4 to start up (unless you are heading up with me at 3:30 - I start early; because, I am slower then the average hiker). This is a popular trail, but there will be about 30 of us, so if you see someone on the trail just ask if they are from Meetup and make new friends.

    January 26, 2013

  • Lee T.

    If a few people bring an extra bottle of water (.5 l) - I have hot chocolate mix and the stove )and Kahlua). I'm also bringing my infamous Jell-O shots.

    2 · January 25, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    I'm doing a dayhike on the Backbone Trail in Santa Monica Mountains, so I'll have to see what time I get back to Pasadena/Altadena, whether I've got enough energy left to make it up the hill, and whether the weather is gonna allow us to see the full Moon ......

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All. I'm new to this place. I recently moved here from TX. I was wondering if there is anybody going from Pasadena or nearby area, so I could ride with him/her to the trail-head, as I do not have a car :(

    January 20, 2013

    • Delia

      Hi Sindhu. Send me a PM with your address. I live in Pasadena...also from Texas. :-)

      January 25, 2013

  • Lee T.

    It is looking like our hike is going to fall between two storms. We may actually get to see the Full Moon.

    2 · January 25, 2013

  • Lee T.

    The weather forecast changes twice a day (or more) - We'll have a better idea Friday night of what to expect, but won't really know what's happening until Saturday afternoon! We won't worry if there is just a threat of rain - we'll just be prepared.

    January 24, 2013

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