TRAIL NAME: Lower Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain Peak
HIKE DATE: Saturday, January 26 , 2019
MEETING TIME: 7:00 am – 7:20 am
(Please be on time so we can leave the meeting point at approx. 7:20 am)
Return Approx: 10:30 am
HIKE LEAD: Jason Bazalar
HIKE LEVEL: Level 5 (Moderate with plenty of uphill gain. Switchbacks all along the route.)
WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Find out more about hiking levels here:
HIKE DISTANCE: 6 miles (round trip)
HIKE DURATION: 3 hours (approx.)
We’ll be driving together to the hiking trailhead from here.
PARKING: There will be free residential parking. The hike lead will notify you at the meeting point.
HIKE WALKTHROUGH: After gathering at the meeting point and getting any last minute snacks/water, we will caravan to the trail head. We begin at the Cobb Estate entrance, then go to towards the beginning of the switchback (zig-zag) road known as the Lower Sam Merril Trail alongside the mountain. Quite demanding, a great workout. We’ll have plenty of stops along the way. There will be a 1 mile and 2 mile indicator posts along the way. We will spend some time at the top of Echo Mountain while we get some water and try out the echo-phone. Additionally, you’ll see the cement foundation remains of the old resort that used to be up at the top. After we’re all done taking a good rest, we will head back our way down the same trail back down.
WATER REQUIRED. WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. If you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hike with us even if you show up. Please note, that we have expectations for Level 5 hikers. Read all the details.
REQUIREMENTS: WATER (at least 1.5 to 2 liters or three 20oz water bottles), 2 liters recommended. Comfortable hiking/sports shoes with good grip.
RECOMMENDED: A good snack and comfortable walking shoes. Try to pack lightly as you’ll be using plenty of your energy getting to the top and coming back down the trail. Have a light breakfast prior to the hike.
IS IT DOG-FRIENDLY?: Yes, experienced/friendly. Dogs must be on a leash. You must pick up after and carry water for your pet.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THIS HIKE?
1. Read the Hike’s Details we link at the very top of this page.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).
MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for. You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suit your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.
DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.