Trailblazer | 1113 pts
Make sure you get here early because this hike is super popular! You will have to park on the street and the later you arrive the further away you will have to park from the trailhead. It’s a lovely hike but it can get crowded and although the trail is well maintained it is a bit narrow. The summit is beautiful and also a has an interesting history. I hiked up to the hotel remains, which was interesting. It is totally worth the extra time to take the detour to Inspiration Point. All the while there was consistent elevation gain, and absolutely gorgeous views (I was lucky it wasn't too cloudy or smoggy). Prepare yourself for little shade along the entire trail. There were quite a few benches on the way up, and lots of picnic tables at the top of Echo Mountain for resting and snacking. It was a fulfilling mind and body experience and such a treat to look out over Los Angeles and the San Gabriel valley! I imagine this trek would be challenging for kids, but doable.