Elevation Gain: 2700'
Location: Angeles National Forest
Directions: From the I-210 in Psedena, exit Lake Ave. and head towards the mountains. Follow this street through Altadena until it ends. Park here and enter through the Iron Gates of Cobb Estate.
The Hike: From Cobb Estate (1780') trailhead follow the trail signs and obvious route Echo Mountain 2.8 Miles and 1400' higher. From there, back track a bit to the Castle Canyon Trail which drops off to the east into Rubio Canyon. Follow the trail over a few ups and down and across a brook, until you enter the next vale over, Castle Canyon; with its high rocky ramparts and noble firs crowing them looming high above you. From here the trail stays predominately in the shade, before its sweet grade ends and the abrupt switchbacks commence. After about fifteen switchbacks you will have gained the crest and found yourself at Inspiration Point (4,525'), with its telescopes and shelter. Enjoy the stupendous view from Huntington Beach to San Fernando, and either add on more (see link above), or return the way you came.
It should be noted that I had a late start on this hike, finishing at 10:30 pm.
Hiked: 4-19-2015, Los Angeles County, No Adventure Pass Required.
|In the canyon|
|Castle Canyon outcroppings|
|Firs and Los Angles from 4000'|
|Inspiration Point (4,525')|
|Mount Lowe from Inspiration Point|
|Mount Wilson, Occidental Peak and Harvard Peak|
|A setting sun|
|Wierd rock formation on Echo Mountain|
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