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Sunset Hike at Echo Mountain with Trailmothers

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Echo Mountain Trail

Echo Mountain (Mount Lowe Railroad Trail)

Altadena, CA 91001

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Hey Trailmothers! It's that Time Again! Our Monthly Hikes are back and full force! Get ready for this one, It's Fun and Has a lot of Switchbacks! **Perfect for ages 5 and up. Also you know your kids! Here we go for the details:

The trail ascends at a steady aggressive grade, but never gets too steep over the 1,400-foot climb. Views over Pasadena expand as you maneuver up the side of Las Flores Canyon past chaparral and spring windflowers.

A mile and a half up, the trail swings around the other side of the ridge for a brief glimpse into Rubio Canyon to the east. The next switchback guides you back to the Las Flores side of the ridge beneath a string of power lines.

After 2.7 miles, Lower Sam Merrill Trail comes to a T-junction with Echo Mountain Trail, which was once used as a rail line to transport guests to a tavern and other destinations deeper in the San Gabriel Mountains. To the left, one can hike 0.8 miles up this trail to a junction with Mount Lowe Road at Cape of Good Hope, which was a scenic landmark on the Mount Lowe Railway. The trail passes other remnants of the old railway, like High Bridge and Sentinel Rock. To the right, the road extends for 0.2 miles to the Echo Mountain ruins. Turn right and continue straight through two trail junction on the left, Upper Sam Merrill Trail and Castle Canyon Trail. Follow the wide trail out to the point along the path of the Mount Lowe Railway, which was in service from 1893 to 1936 and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain Trail ends at the foundation of the resort complex known as the White City. Remaining machinery and masonry are accompanied by numerous park-provided plaques that add history and scope to the setting. Still standing is the landing and steps where guests would exit White Chariots, the tramcars that delivered them from Rubio Canyon to Echo Mountain. The impressive incline tramline has long disappeared, but the old route is visible below. Constructing a line on this steep slope is an impressive piece of engineering, even by today’s standards.

If you want to read more about this Cool Hike Click this link: https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/sam-merrill-trail-echo-mountain/

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** Meeting at trail head by: 6:15pm and Starting Hiking at 6:30pm no later**

Distance: 5.8 miles (out and back)

Elevation change: 1400 feet

Hiking time: Approx. 3 hours 15 minutes ( its less depending on the kids and trek)

Location: Altadena, CA

Open to: Hikers, dogs, bikes

Fees & Permits: It's free!

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Must Wear Hiking Shoes

Must Pack h20 for yourself and little ones and for your fur babies if any are attending, also Leash is required while hiking the trails with your dogs. #LNT

**Pack Snacks, Food, Bring a Head Lamp or Flashlight for the Trek After the Sunset!**


A Huge Thank You to Our Sponsors: Sawyerproducts, COOLA, and Bare Republic


We Hope to See You There! Email for Questions and Concerns: trailmothers@gmail.com

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Echo Mountain Trail

Echo Mountain (Mount Lowe Railroad Trail)

Altadena, CA 91001

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