Echo Mountain via the Sam Merrill Trail

December 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Echo Mountain via the Sam Merrill Trail

6 MRT – Moderate to Strenuous (1,400′ elevation gain/loss)

Meet at 8:00 AM at the 118 & Stearns St. Park & Ride. Bring your camera, water and lunch. Wear boots.

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Our route will follow the Sam Merrill Trail as it climbs steadily up the eastern slope of Los Flores Canyon via a series of switchbacks. When we reach the old rail bed of the Mount Lowe Railway we’ll hike east over to the White City ruins with their nearby Coulter pine trees and oak trees (providing shade). There are mountain and city views from White City, a resort which drew more than 3 million visitors via an incline railway from 1896 to 1936 (when it was destroyed by fire). After exploring the ruins, enjoying the views, and resting, we’ll return the way we came.