By request, this is a replay of my February hike.
This will be a medium level hike to the top of Echo Mountain, the famous peak of the Great Incline that for approximately 40 years carried people up a 60 degree incline to get to the "White City", and eventually on trolleys, go to the Alpine Tavern at the base of Mt. Lowe.
Built by the inventor, entrepreneur Thaddeus Lowe in the 1890s, this 2.6 mile hike (5.2 miles roundtrip) takes us up the Sam Merrill Trail to the top of Echo Mtn where we will see remnants of the old railway, see photos and displays, and be able to go back in time as we see the views.
Anyone interested in learning about the history of Mt Lowe, go to this website - http://www.mtlowe.co
We will meet in Altadena where Lake Ave. meets with Loma Alta, at the big iron gates to the Cobb Estate.
You can park along the curb, and a Forest Adventure Pass is not necessary. It is best to find the side streets along Loma Alta if not enough parking spots along Lake or Loma Alta. Be sure to observe any "No Parking" signs.
It will take 1.5 hours to reach the top, and we will stay up there for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the group's wishes, and share with some food and good conversation.
Should be back down to the cars by 1 PM.
The trail is uphill almost the entire route. You can take breaks. 1400 ft. elevation gain over 2.6 miles
Afterward we will head for The Rancho for Bloody Mary's and such....those who wish to partake. 2485 Lake Ave., just 1/2 mile down Lake from our meeting spot.
Bring Water, and wear hiking shoes
Dogs OK on leash
Lee Zebold - Hike Leader