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Sam Merril Trail to Echo Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"This path dips briefly into a shaded canyon and past a dry riverbed, then begins to climb via long switchbacks up Echo Mountain to an altitude of 1,400 feet. The reward is the ruins of a turn-of-the-twentieth-century mountain resort with sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.Stone pillars and an old iron gate mark the entrance to this former estate in Altadena, a laid-back community just north of Pasadena. The grounds are now a part of the Angeles National Forest, and a plaque at the entrance dedicates the property as “a quiet refuge for people and wild life forever.” This is one of my favorite trails in Los Angeles County—the hikers are friendly and polite, the views are spectacular, and it offers a history lesson to boot. The looping switchbacks make the hike seem longer than it actually is."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
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