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WE ARE POSTPONING THIS HIKE DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS. WE WILL DO AN ECHO HIKE AGAIN SOON – PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE CALENDAR AND THE TROOP EMAILS.
Come on out and hike with the troop on Super Bowl Sunday – we will be hiking up Echo Mountain. This is the classic Troop 355 training hike – the trail rises over 1300 feet on its way to the Echo Mountain ruins. The total hike distance is 5.2 miles round trip. This will be a great way to get some activity in before you sit on the couch all afternoon. This hike will also be a great start to our hiking season and our many activities – you can get in a warm up hike before the West Fork Backpack Trip, kick off your Hiking MB hikes, start off the Philmont Training, or just come out to hike and have a great time. This hike will also satisfy the Second Class five mile hike requirement, so if you have not had the chance to get this signoff yet, this would be a great opportunity to do so. We will orient our maps and use them to navigate on this hike. And we will spend a bit of time at the top exploring the hotel and railway ruins.
We will meet at 6:15 a.m. sharp, at the top of Lake Avenue in Altadena, where Lake meets Loma Alta – meet by the stone gate on the northeast side of the intersection. The early morning is the best time to do this hike – this trail gets extremely crowded on weekends, and also can be very hot, so by going early we can avoid these problems and still have most of our day left after the hike. We should return to the trailhead between 9:30 and 10 a.m.
Bring a daypack with your 10 essentials (most importantly 1 to 2 liters of water), plus your Scout Handbook if you wish to obtain any signoffs. Note that it will still be a bit dark when you arrive, but it will be light enough to see by the time we start hiking – you will not need a headlamp. It will likely be cold when we are gathering before the hike, so bring an extra layer, but you will warm up quickly after we start hiking.