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Turkey Day Hike: Inspiration Point via Echo Mountain, Castle Canyon and Return

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Turkey Day Hike: Inspiration Point via Echo Mountain, Castle Canyon and Return

Distance: 9 miles round trip

Level: 8/10 Moderate to strenuous, not for beginners

Elevation gain: 3000 ft.

The Hike:
Hike up the Sam Merrill Trail at the north end of Lake Street which ends at Loma Alta in Pasadena first to Echo Mountain, and then up to Inspiration Point via the Castle Canyon Trail and return. Bring snacks for the trail and lunch for Inspiration Point.

Parking is on the street and depending on availability could require some extra walking. Exit the 210 Fwy at Lake St in Pasadena and head North. The trail has many switchbacks, but is a constant uphill and easy to follow. It usually takes less than 1.5 hours to reach the top. Even more info on this hike. (

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For Safety
Carry plenty of water and drink it. Wear proper footwear, bring snacks, sunscreen, hat and be aware of weather conditions. Walking sticks would be useful on portions of this one. Dogs, leashed and friendly, are fine here. Know your limits and if you’re having problems or decide not to finish a hike please let someone know. Be alert for ticks and rattlesnakes. I do have a first aid kit with me.

1 – A walk
2 – A longer walk
3 – 3 mile hike w/little elevation gain
4 – 5+ mile hike w/500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)
5 – 5+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)
6 – 7+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain
7 – 7+ mile hike w/1500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to do CPR)
8 – 5+ mile hike w/2000 ft. elevation gain (a great feeling of accomplishment when done)
9 – use your imagination
10 – I don’t lead or do these. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends. Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Valencia Hiking Meetup Group and it’s organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any Valencia Hikers Meetup events, you are releasing the Valencia Hikers Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

November 25 2021


Date: November 25, 2021
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website


Echo Mountain trailhead

Intersection of E Loma Alta Drive and Lake Ave
Altadena, CA 91001 US

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Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.

Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Terms of Service.