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Echo Mountain, located in the foothills above Altadena, California, is a relatively easy hike that takes about 3 1/2 hours to complete. The above photo was taken on the Castle Canyon Trail that goes from Echo Mt. up to Inspiration Point. You are looking Southward down onto the Echo Mountain Resort ruins. In the background is the San Gabriel Valley and the City of Altadena. Below is the same view showing the resort in its heyday, circa 1896. Click here for a complete history of the Echo Mountain/Mount Lowe resort areas.
Photo by Charles Clark Vernon courtesy "The San Gabriels" by John W. Robinson
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YouTube© video about the history of the Mount Lowe Railway and the Echo Mountain Resort.
Click here for an Aol© video by Michael Patris, President of the Mt. Lowe Preservation Society, about what remains of the Mount Lowe Railway and the Echo Mountain Resort.
Click here to view a collection of historic photos from the Mount Lowe Preservation Society.
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Special notes about this hike: Since this trail is on a southern exposure, it can get very hot
during the summer months. So if you plan to do this hike between June and September, it is
recommended that you get as early a start as possible to avoid the heat.
There are two picnic tables on the west side of the ruins so bring a sack lunch and there are also a series of informational plaques, placed at various points around the site, showing historical views of the resort when it was in operation. If it's not cloudy or "hazy", be prepared to enjoy some spectacular views of the San Gabriel Valley.
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