Join me midweek for a steady 2.5 mile ascend on the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain and back. At the peak you can examine bits of the Mount Lowe Historic Railway, structures, and plaques, watch the sunset, and on a clear night spot ships, and airplanes out in the distance. Perhaps after working up a good sweat you'll have the desire to shout out an Echo-Echo-Echo! On the way down the L.A. Basin lights are an enjoyable view, just remember to keep your eye on the trail. Hopefully some of you will make it!
It's an Out-and-Back hike at a moderate pace on a nice single trail. Preference is to have the group reach Echo Mountain within an 1-hour and descend in about 40-minutes. I will try to keep an intermediate pace, about a 20+ min mile. The SMT is very apparently so it's easy to follow, anyone that is comfortable can hike ahead at anytime.
Tuesday 6:50 PM to 7:00 PM (hikes start at 7pm or sooner if all attending members arrive)
Distance & Elevation Gain:
About 5 miles and 1400 feet elevation gain. Trailhead 1800' & Echo Mt. 3200'
About 1.5 to 2.5 hours
- Good traction soft-shell hike/trail running shoe
- Water: Hydration system, bottles, or sports drink
- Lightweight layer, wind breaker jacket
- Snack: fruit, Energy Gel, gorp
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight
- Cell phone
- Small camera
- Trekking Poles
Trailhead Location: Meet under trees at the Cobb Estate iron gate (North/east area)
Google Maps Coordinates: [masked],[masked] (best visual)
Parking: Lake Ave or E Loma Alta Dr. Always read the parking signs.
Direction to Lake Ave and E Loma Alta Dr
From 210 Freeway:
EXIT Lake Avenue and drive north towards the mountains; If driving Westbound go Right an if driving Eastbound go Left. Lake Ave ends at E Loma Alta.
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guest(s). By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and you 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.