ECHO Mt Day Hike Sunday 12/ 03/89


Moderate day hike. 5 miles round trip, 1400 foot elevation gain. Estimated duration ibcluding lunch is 6 hours.


From Cobb Estate north of Pasadena we’ll follow Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain. Along the way we will see the ruins and left overs of what used to be in the turn of the century a mountain railway leading to mountain resorts.


"From the great iron gate of the old Cobb estate, follow the trail along the chain link fence. Sign in at the trail register. The path dips into Las Flores canyon, crosses a seasonal creek in the canyon bottom, then begins to climb. As you begin your earnest but well graded ascent, enjoy good over the shoulder views of the San Gabriel valley and downtown Los Angeles. Two long steep and mostly shadeless miles of travel bring you to a signed junction. Bear right and walk 100 yards along the bed of the old mount Lowe railway to the Echo Mountain ruins. Just before the ruins is a drinking fountain, very welcome if it is a hot day.

Up top, you’ll spot the railway’s huge bull wheel, now embedded in cement, and just below is a pile of concrete rubble, all that remains of the railway depot after it was dynamited by the forest service in 1959.

The steps and foundations of the Echo Mountain House are great places to take a break and to enjoy the view straight down, precipious Rubio Canyon, the route of Lowe’s railway. A bit down the monument to the east stood the other hotel- the Chalet-but nothing remains of it.

Echo mountain takes its name from the echo that bounces around the semicircle of mountain walls. I’ve never managed to get very good feedback; perhaps even echo fade with time." (Excerpts from L.A Times by John McKinney).


Sunday 12/03/89 10:00 AM


From interstate 210 (Foothill Frwy) in Pasadena, exit on Lake Ave and travel north 3.5 miles to its end at Loma Alta drive. Park along Lake Ave.

BRING: Two quarts of water. Warm cloths. Flashlight. Head cap sunglasses and sunscreen.


Dave Lake (w)213-333-6958 (h) 818-708-0583

Bruce Corning (w)213-333-3568 (h)213-645-3764