I would have given this hike a five star review if it weren't for the huge crowds of people. This place was super busy and at at times a bit dangerous due to the competition for space on the trail. I thought the tourist areas at Griffith Park were crowded but nothing compares to what I saw today. The trail is a nice well maintained trail with great views of the city below. Unfortunately the day we went the clouds took over the top of the mountain blocking the panoramic views at the higher elevation. A perfect day for this hike is obviously during the week and on a clearer not too hot day.
Clean trail. Traffic seems to increase in the afternoon. Overall, worth the views and the history. Perfect hike for a picnic, as there are multiple picnic areas at the top.
This trail is probably best for intermediate level hikers, but worth a try for any skill level
The good... It is beautiful, well traveled, well maintained, and has some historical significance. The bad... It can get crowded, and hearing people scream into the echo-phone gets pretty irritating. My wife and I use this to follow through on up to Inspiration Point via Castle Canyon.
My wife and I enjoyed Echo Mountain. It was certainly a strenuous 2.5 mile hike on the way up, but going down is simple. Great views of downtown Los Angeles, Glendale, and Burbank. The treat is on top when you discover the abandoned railway. Signs give you a nice history lesson of the area. A great place to reconnect!
Today I hiked with the Hike Beyond the Hills Crew. We hiked the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain and then continued up to Inspiration Point making this an 11.95 mile hike with an elevation gain of 3389'. This was the groups second annual Santa Hat Hike. Fun day and great hiking.