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Altadena Attractions: What to do & Places to Visit in Altadena
"I love this trail. It goes through chapparel as you do the first 3 miles to echo mountain, then begins to turn into forest as you follow the old train route to mount Lowe and the ruins to the old alpine tavern. Keep going to the ramada for excellent views, alll the way to Catalina island on a clear..." day. There is about 3000 feet of elevation gain so plan accordingly
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"I've never hiked anything more than 3 or 4 miles but I was up for the challenge.
Started the hike at 7:30 with temp around 65 degrees. The hike to Echo mountain's old hotel grounds from the entrance gate is 2.7 miles. If you want to go to inspiration point, it's another 2 miles. Having to hike uphi..."ll throughout the whole trip was my biggest challenge. Being plenty of water! I highly recommend hiking to Inspiration point. The view is amazing and I felt SO accomplished! I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone who wants to get away from the city chaos.
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"Few people who visit let alone who live in Los Angeles know how many utterly wild trails crisscross this autopolis. There are many places to go to escape urban chaos and this is a trail both therapeutic and rewarding.
This is not for the faint of heart -- there's a long uphill climb without shade..." and if you are doing the full circuit you will need six hours (however, you can also go about half-way and back in three hours and still get wonderful views).
Mount Lowe was the destination for one of Henry Huntington's most famous railways. Huntington, in case you don't know, was very much the spirit behind the form of today's Los Angeles. He laid down the lines for his famous "Red Cars" to make suburbia accessible and promote real estate development, and it was the railway lines, not highways, that established LA's dispersed format. The Mt. Lowe Railway was built as a premier leisure line, and going up the mountain for the views and fresh air was a great excursion well before the likes...
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