Echo Mountain Loop

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Echo Mountain Loop is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Altadena, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,706 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

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hiking
11 days ago

The route listed doesn’t exactly follow a trail all the way down. Instead, it’ll take you down a firebreak that’s very steep and through a lot of plants. I recommend just going down the way you came up (around the mountain, the path to the east).

hiking
2 months ago

Do this clockwise or you’re going to have a tough time coming down since it’s steep. I made the mistake of doing the trail counter clockwise and I was sliding all over the place. Have your phone charged so you can keep an eye on the map since it’s easy to lose the trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

The condition of this trail after all the rain makes it a love hate relationship because it’s probably changed a lot. Love because it’s beautiful on one half and the views can’t be beat. Less love for the unexpected unstable conditions for the descent and overgrown trail. We started the loop counterclockwise which is the most popular side of the trail. Lots of trees, dirt and sufficient shade. You’re going up, have some steps spread out and a few switchbacks of sorts. It levels out before reaching the top of Echo and railway ruins. From there you go back and veer to the right to continue the loop. You’ll exit the dirt trail to a fire road. At this point have your phone ready because the trail is now overgrown and you’ll shoot past it. There are no signs. You’ll get back on dirt trail that is seriously over grown. You’ll hit some narrow trails alongside the mountain at this point that are washed out and potentially unstable around deeper cuts in the trail. I had a couple moments of stress on these narrow parts. You’ll exit this area into exposed steep downhill dirt/rock. Keep your phone out as the overgrown plants and new grooves cut out by all the rain do not allow you to see a clear trail. All maps shows a direct line down but we had more zig zags than Ziggly on a Zebra. Maybe it’s better coming up this side first? Going down you’re constantly working to grip and I guess all those deep cuts in to the trail are “ravines”. And there’s plenty of those to get around. This may look like rock but it’s mostly still loose dirt as your poles will sink into it. You’ll have a good mile- 1.5 miles of this before you hit the fire road and start rounding the water tank back to the trail head. We logged just under 7 miles. not sure how safe those narrow parts will be after a few more episodes of rain. Please be mindful. Happy trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Out to the top of Echo Mountain was great. The descent was sketchy at best. If you’re afraid of heights and crossing over sections of cliffs just don’t do the loop portion and go back down the way you came up. The “loop” portion after the summit is OK then you hit pavement then the trail veers off and is really difficult to find so keep your phone on hand because it doesn’t just stay as pavement. When you get on this trail, it’s deteriorated and a lot of times breaks beneath you. Poles are needed for the loop for at least this time of year. The trail follows a dried up stream for a good portion of the way down. Sometimes the trail veers off so again keep your phone handy. Definitely think twice if you want to do the loop. I wouldn’t do the loop again purely based on the quality of the trail and shifting ground on the descent. I’d stick to out and back for the normal Echo Mountain trail. This was marked as 5.4 miles but it’s definitely over 6 if you choose to go this route.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! The ascent is lightly trafficked but exposed to the sun. The path connecting to the motorway is a little washed out, but you can find your way back to the trail. View from Echo mountain is beautiful! Descent is more trafficked with people coming up the usual route.

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6 months ago

This is one of our favourite trails, it’s a tough hike and there are some blown away bits so be prepared going up, it’s pretty easy coming back down. Great views and nice path. Pretty trafficked on the way down, no one on the tough way up. 5*

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