Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hike 2011.047 -- Echo Mountain. Also, Lost Dog Found in Altadena

First thing I saw when I got to the trailhead this morning was this picture:

I was happy to discover it was a "Found" dog rather than a lost dog. So if by chance (an extremely small chance, I know) any of you know someone in Altadena (near Lake and Loma Alta) who has lost a very cute dog, point them to this poster!

Meanwhile, my time remaining before I need to drive off into the sunrise, and a (temporary) new Kentucky home is rapidly running out. Today was hike 47 for the year, hiked July 21.

It doesn't look like I'll have time for any long hikes. Likely, there won't be time for any more hikes, or if there is, just little 2-3 hour things nearby. If not for some car and computer issues I've been dealing with, I might even already be on the road.

Echo Mountain is a common morning or evening exercise hike for hundreds of folks in the area. It's an old favorite, so I figured I'd do that today.

Moderately strong marine layer in the morning, although the air above the cloud deck was actually pretty clear.

Plenty of scarlet larkspur, as well as Indian pink. No good photos of them, though.

Short, 2 or 2 1/2 hours, roundtrip. After I got back, I made a short detour up to the old mine entrance that's in the ravine north of the Sam Merrill trailhead. I also got a picture of a setting gibbous moon (and a large raptor, carving circles below the moon).


  1. Hope you've been able to put some closure on your mountains and the area you've been able to know so well. If you are indeed travelling by the next post, have a safe trip Skyhiker!

  2. Packing is stressful! At the moment, I'm trying to decide if I should give myself an extra day to be thorough, or if I should just get it over with and leave tomorrow morning. Leaning towards the latter, though part of me says that's just going to extend the stress another day.

    If I do stay another day, I might decide to take a short hike tomorrow morning or not.