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Troop 355 will be offering all the hikes required for Hiking Merit Badge this spring. We hope that a number of our scouts will be inspired to earn the rarely achieved Hiking MB. Feel free to come on out to hike with the troop on some or all of these hikes (provided that the later more difficult hikes are recommended for senior scouts and experienced hikers.
The first required hike is a 5 miler – so we will be doing our classic Echo Mountain training hike.
The Echo Mountain hike is 5.2 miles round trip, and it provides a great workout with over 1300 feet of elevation gain. We will spend some time at the Echo lookout, enjoying the views and the old railway and hotel ruins, then hike back down to the trailhead. All scouts and parents are welcome on this hike – this is a great hike for both experienced and newer scouts. If you have not yet had the chance to get the Second Class 5 mile hike signoff, this will be a great opportunity to do that. Bring your 10 essentials plus your scout handbook for the signoffs. Most importantly, please do not forget to bring 1-2 liters of water.
We will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the top of Lake Street in Altadena, where Lake meets Loma Alta – we will be gathering at the stone gate on the east side of the street. We should be finished between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.