If you are planning a visit to Altadena and are looking for things to do, Echo Mountain offers a slice of nature for a tranquil retreat. Situated on the Sam Merrill Trail, the sign on entrance reads “A quiet refuge from people and wild life forever”. Echo Mountain has indeed been a place of refuge for those living in Altadena as it offers a unique place to work out by taking a run or a hike around the 5-mile trail.
If you live near Altadena you can head to Echo Mountain for your regular run but it is also a great place for those wanting to make a weekend trip. In fact, when it comes to hiking, Echo Mountain is a place where you can get a serious workout. Novices can take it easy as the trail is not too overwhelming but you can step up the pace if you fancy a challenge.
You will find the views at the top of Echo Mountain some of the most rewarding with excellent vistas of Downtown LA, San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena. Echo Mountain features the remains of a turn of the century mountain resort and you will see plaques and markers that tell the history of an old railway system that ran up the mountains of Sam Merrill.
Relax with a Cup of Coffee
If you love coffee and want a relaxing boutique coffee shop to hang out with your friends after your hike The Coffee Gallery in Altadena is a great spot. With so many people choosing to drink great coffee there is an increasing demand for boutique coffee shops in LA. Drinking coffee in LA is a way of life and if you want to avoid chains and support local businesses next time you hang with friends The Coffee Gallery is a welcoming place for you to explore Altadena during your visit to the area. If coffee is not your thing but you are looking for a boost of energy then there is an excellent LA juice bar called Naturewell in Altadena. You can choose from protein smoothies to help your muscles before and after a hike or you can opt for a refreshing cold press juice to revive you after your exercise.
Address: E Loma Alta Dr at Lake Ave, Altadena
Hours: No official closing time so this spot is popular with nighttime hikers
Parking: Street parking
Pets Dogs allowed on leashes.
Length: 5 miles
Time: approximately 2.5–3.5 hrs