Endorsed by Curators:
Please be in outstanding physical hiking condition to sign up for this hike.
The meeting point is the trail head at the corner of Lake Avenue and East Loma Alta Drive.
We will take Sam Merrill trail up to Echo Mountain.
We will take a short break at Echo Mountain to take in the sights and read about the history plus visit the historic ruins of the "White City", where a mountain house hotel, chalet, observatory, dance hall and small zoo were once located.
There are various plaques at Echo Mountain that tell the story of the White City.
Then we hike Castle Canyon trail to Inspiration Point.
This is a single track trail that is fairly level at the start until we reach a small creek.
After the creek, the trail immediately starts climbing and switchbacks steeply. For much of the trail, From Inspiration Point we hike on the fire road for about 3/8ths of a mile. Look to your right for the Mt Lowe East Trail Sign. We then begin our ascent up to Mt Lowe.
The Mt. Lowe East and West Trail will meet in a fork in the trail. We follow the sign up and ascend to Mt Lowe.
The view from Mt Lowe Peak is outstanding. You would have wished you continued up to it on your hikes to Inspiration Point in the past.
We then will descend down Mt Lowe the route we took up. As we approach Inspiration Point we will take an alternate route back down to Echo Mountain. This is the Middle Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain as you can see in the picture below. About a mile down the Middle Sam Merrill Trail we will take a short break just past Sunset Point to take in an outstanding view of Los Angeles for a terrific photo What to bring:
At least 3 liters of water
Plenty of lunch/energy snacks
Hiking poles are recommended
Good hiking attitude
Distance: 14 miles total
Elevation: 5380 feet
Elevation Gain: 4000 feet
Hiking time: 7-9 hours
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Jsg6JaUvmCC2 From the east, take the 210 West to Pasadena and exit at Lake Ave. Go north, (right) on Lake to the top where Lake intersects with Loma Alta. Park on Loma Alta or one of the streets off it. Be careful of parking on Lake as there are some areas that are restricted.
From the west, take the 210 East and exit at Lake Ave. Turn left. The directions are now the same as coming from the east. YOU DO NOT NEED AN ADVENTURE PASS TO PARK IN THIS AREA.
Liability Waivers and Disclaimers:
We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends.
Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility of your own safety and well-being.
All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing SoCal Hikers from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) located at the bottom at the Meetup website.
If you do not agree with the above or uncertain of your ability to complete a hike or event safely, please do not sign up.How to find us:Meet at the corner of Lake Avenue and East Loma Alta Drive.
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