Echo Mountain, Mount Muir
By: Gabriele Rau
Two Lower Peaks in one trip, 13 miles and 3000’ gain. Winter-Spring-Fall Hike. Start at the end of Lake Avenue in Pasadena, hike up to your right (Through the old Cobb Estate) and take the upper trail at the sign and drinking fountain. It is 2 m to Echo Mtn. on the Sam Merrill Trail. Look around at the old stuff and exhibit on Echo Mtn. there, then hike up the Castle Canyon Trail, which is steep in places and in poor condition in some places, but ok. It starts just in before the mountain flat area. On the top there is Inspiration Point, good place to eat lunch. Then hike right on the road less than a mile to the turnoff to Muir Peak. The turnoff is just around a corner and it is easily missed. Return to Inspiration point, go on the road to the big crossing. Turn left and hike down to the Sam Merrill Trail, less steep than the Castle Canyon trail. On the left of the beginning of the trail there is a use trail going up leading to an old fox farm, nothing special. This trail is longer than the Castle Canyon Trail and at Echo Mtn. just continue downhill.
It took us 7 h with several rests.
We had exceptionally good views (Santa Ana conditions) with views all over the LA Basin, Catalina, Saddleback, the ocean, even in the afternoon
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