Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hiking Echo Mountain

So i started logging some miles this week, I've been averaging 6 miles/day running on a boring treadmill like a manic hamster. To mix it up a little I decided to hike a local mountain- Echo Mountain.

The trail head located on Lake Ave.
First is finding the Trailhead: From the I-210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena, you exit at Lake Avenue. Drive north for 3.4 miles to the end of Lake Avenue. Park along the street. The hike begins to the left of the stone gateway on the east side of the street. There is an old post pointing the direction to the old peak. 

The total distance is roughly 5 miles roundtrip with an elevation of 1400 ft. I would say the difficulty of this hike was "mild to moderate"-- the trail is well maintained without much wildlife (i.e. not many snakes or cougars crawling around). I say this because a few months back I hiked Mt. Wilson in the Los Angeles National Forest from the trailhead in Sierra Madre and came across two rattle snakes and one brown bear on the way up the peak-- i contemplated terminating my hike that time but meh...finished it anyways with many catecholamines circulating in my blood.

Echo Mountain Megaphone

The total hike time for Echo Mountain is roughly 3 hours at a moderate pace. Once you reach the top you will encounter the amazing echo megaphone. Scattered along the top are various posts detailing the rich history of the mountain, specifically the ruins of an old resort. This particular day had overcast weather but on a clear day, you can see the Pacific Ocean, downtown LA, Santa Monica, and even Catalina -- all gorgeous views.

I must say that i was impressed by the large number of senior citizens that were hiking this particular mountain, particularly Korean folks, lol. They were hiking like pros while I was sweating bullets. At any rate the best part of the hike was reaching the top and eating my sandwich.   

"No one ever drowned in sweat" - Lou Holtz


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