Distance: 9 miles round trip
Level: 8/10 Moderate to strenuous, not for beginners
Elevation gain: 3000 ft.
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. (http://www.modernhiker.com/2007/10/02/hiking-echo-mountain-and-inspiration-point/)
Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Altadena&state=ca&address=3383+Lake+Ave) Check the Weather (http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/interstate/local/91001?lswe=91001&from=searchbox_localwx)
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!