The Caltech Postdoc Association is organizing a hike up to Echo Mountain on Independence Day (Friday, 4 July) and you are invited! Echo Mountain is a 3000 ft (1000m) peak located behind Pasadena which can provide views as far away as Catalina Island if the weather is cooperative. Many cities in the area celebrate the 4th of July by shooting off fireworks, so we will be able to watch the fireworks from many different cities across the San Gabriel Valley and LA. However, we will be hiking up the mountain in the late afternoon and it will be hot and dry. Please come prepared with water. We will then hike back down in the darkness, so it would be wise to bring a source of light.
Time: 5PM – 11PM, July 4th 2014
Location: Echo Mountain, but meet at the Caltech Campus at the intersection of San Pasqual and Wilson. We will then carpool up to the trailhead at the intersection of Lake Ave. and Loma Alta Dr. in Pasadena. GPS Address: 3380 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA, 91001.
What to bring: Water, Water, Water, recommend at least one liter per person. Appropriate shoes. A flashlight or headlamp. A light jacket or sweater (the temperature drops pretty fast after sunset).
Something to eat at the top (we’ll basically be having a picnic).
Also, check parking signs at the trailhead carefully. Some expire at 10PM! We’re meeting at Caltech initially, though, because there will be a lot of people on the trail and poor cell reception so it is much more difficult to meet there.
Our goal is to reach the top by 7:30PM so we will get there early enough to get a good spot before the fireworks at 9PM.
Special thanks to Caltech postdoc Paul Ries for organizing this month’s hike. If you have questions, Paul can be reached at Paul dot A dot Ries at jpl dot nasa dot gov.