I never hike since our Utah adventure some four years ago which we never really reached the point for reasons I disclosed. When my friend K suggested that we go hiking, I doubted myself if I can do it. The yoga for a beginner which Joy sent me helped a lot.
At 7 in the morning, we hit the trail of Mt. Echo which is part of Angeles National Forest. It's a 2.5-mile all the way up which makes 5-miles round trip hike. It's a steep trail for a beginner like me. The inclined steps made us a lot of stops to catch our breath. It took us more than two hours which is normally 30 mins less for advanced hikers. We let others passed behind us for how many I can't count. Well, it's not an amazing race anyway.
I should say I. am proud here hitting a 1-mile hike. I only planned for an hour or until as far as I can. Yes! It's not even half way. I'm not gonna give up.
That's one-mile point. :)
Scariest part of the trail. One wrong step and you'll see yourself sliding downhill.
See the view of LA from 1-mile hiking.
How proud! That's a 2-mile mark!
Slowing the pace to conserve energy.
This is the end of trail, at least where we went to at Mt. Lowe. There's still an Inspiration Point if you hike and you're up for more for 7.25 miles.
A reminder to put sunblock before you go hiking. It was like 85 degrees and there's a heatwave in LA weather update. It's the peak of summer!
Don't forget the sunblock.
Should I put a caption? I'm that far! Well, social distancing from my photographer. Thank you K for those pictures I am not aware of. We put mask in this hike as this happened during covid season for protection of other hikers and dust.
Reaching the top is like hitting two birds in one stone. I should say three, four. Well, countless. Physical benefit is just a bonus. Of course, a cardio workout,burning calories and more. Seeing the ruins of the hotel built in 1800ish and the whole view of LA are truly a reward. I content myself just reading the history written in the inscription. I know I can Google! But whenever I see such, I always take a picture for my later reading. I'm an old school. Those are not there for no reason at all. So yes, I read it!
See the railway relics? That's the mode of transportation
getting to the now-only-remnants of the Hotel to flatlands of Altadena.
Remnants of old Hotel
I could just picture the Hotel 1800 in my mind and see people who came here for entertainment in casino and tennis courts. I wish I live in that era.
Let me transcribe here a bit: This is the view you have as you approach the white city from Alpine Tavern (circa 1898)
Reminders for hikers as posted above: No campfires, no charcoal/grills, No Garbage Service so please pack it out!