This is the 6th annual Fourth of July night hike to Echo Mountain for our Hiking club.
Maintaining the Tradition....
We will meet at top of Lake Ave. at Cobb Estate at 6:15 PM - Altadena, CA
This is the famed Mt. Lowe Railway Hotel location....3200 ft. elevation where Professor Thaddeus Lowe built the White City back in 1893. It started a 40 year tourist attraction where people came from all over the world to take the "Railway To The Clouds" (See pic below)
Bring food, snacks, and libations of your choice.
AND Bring water
Distance: 5.2 miles round trip
Level: 5 / 10 Medium...not for beginners
Elevation: 3200 ft - elevation gain 1400 ft....continuous uphill trail.
The main objective is to watch the fireworks at the Rose Bowl (and other surrounding city fireworks) ....or is it to Party??
Hike up the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mtn. When we reach the top (1.25 hours) we will sit around and watch the Rose Bowl fireworks which start at about 9 PM. If you have collapsible lawn chairs that can fit on your back pack, bring them b/c as you may know, there are no seats up there. We will assemble at the hotel level up the steps...our traditional spot. You can sit on the foundations or bring a chair....or sit on the ground.
We will be a distance from the Bowl, and the fireworks look a little tiny from atop Echo, but it is fun anyway. Especially when we are enjoying the refreshments we take with us.
There will be other groups up there....Sierra Club and Meet Ups.
This has become a very popular event.
For those who have never hiked to Echo Mtn. this trail is almost constantly uphill with little respite. You cannot get lost, so if anyone has trouble going up, you can always turn back.
It is a medium level hike, not a beginner hike. You may bring flashlights for the trip back down.
We will head back down at about 9:45 - 10 PM , and be back to cars by 10:30 or 11 PM -- however, anyone who elects to leave early, that is an option.
Lee Zebold Hike Leader