The Rich History is in Mt. Lowe

Hi guys,
 
All members are welcome October 9th to enjoy a jaunt in the nearby San Gabriel Mts. (about a 45-minute drive from Santa Monica).  Meet at 7 AM at the Trail Head at the end of Lake Avenue in Altadena--We are not starting from the high school on Temescal Canyon Road.
There is no poison oak on this course, and none of those annoying rolling hills.  The out course is up, and the return is down--so at any time you know whether you are going toward your car, or away from it.  There is no water on the course.  This course will be marked with flour arrows.  If you have any questions, let me know echalekson@gmail.com
The San Gabriels are very beautiful and you can still see remnants of its glorious past.  
 

The Run:  We will start at the end of Lake Ave. in Altadena.  The Lower Sam Merrill Trail begins here at the old Cobb Estate, and climbs 2.5 miles to Echo Mountain--known as White City in the late 1800's--only ruins remain of the 2 hotels, dormitory, small zoo, and observatory, after devastating fires in 1900, 1905,  and 1928. Take a few minutes to look at the ruins.   From here we climb another 2.5 miles up Castle Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point--only the cement foundation of the viewing platform remains.  Follow the trail north (left), and those that want to make it a 10 miler can take the Upper Sam Merrill Trail back to Echo Mt., then continue on the Lower Sam Merrill back to the cars.  Those who want to continue to Mt. Lowe will take the trail on the right --Mt. Lowe East Trail.  This climbs 2 more miles to the top of Mt. Lowe.   Watch at 2 miles for a small metal sign to Mt. Lowe, and go left 1/4mile to the top of Mt Lowe.  Return to Inspiration Pt. The way you came, then proceed down the Sam Merrill Trail back to the car. This will make the trip 14 miles, and will take at least 3 hours total.  Since there is a choice of 10 or 14 miles, there is no sense in having an early and late group--we can all start at the same time.  Please bring potluck refreshments.
This is a very nice run. I hope you can make it.  Here is the course map.
 
Directions:  If you are traveling on the East on I-10 EAST> north on CA-110 toward Pasadena>>left on I-5(Golden St.Frwy)>>CA-2 North (Glendale Frwy)>>East on CA-134 toward Pasadena>> Becomes I-210East>>Exit and turn left on Lake Ave and follow to the end-- at the trailhead.  Park on the street.  Here is the map
 
Ernie Chalekson
echalekson@gmail.com