Day Hike in San Gabriel Valley with TAP in Los Angeles

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Sam Merrill Trail (From Cobb Estate to Echo Mountain)
Lake Ave + Loma Alta Dr.
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Taiwanese American Professionals – Los Angeles (TAP-LA) is hosting a hiking event! Once again, TAP is delighted to present to you the San Gabriel Valley Urban Legend – The Haunted Forest in Pasadena/Altadena (however, where there isn’t anything spooky or haunted.) Please come and join us to enjoy the great outdoors and hike up to a San Gabriel Valley historic landmark as you take in the breathtaking scenery.

The Cobb Estate is situated on the top of Lake Avenue. Please park along Lake Avenue or Loma Alta Dr., also known as Gravity Hill. We will meet at the Iron Gates to the Haunted Forest at 11am. From the Cobb Estate botanical garden to Echo Mountain is 5 miles round trip with 1,400-foot elevation gain.

The Hike:
From the great iron gate of the old Cobb Estate, follow the trail along the chain-link fence. The path dips into Las Flores Canyon, crosses a seasonal creek in the canyon bottom, then begins to climb. As you begin your earnest, but well-graded ascent, enjoy good, over-the-shoulder views of the San Gabriel Valley and downtown Los Angeles. Two long, steep and mostly shadeless miles of travel brings you to a signed junction. Bear right and walk 100 yards along the bed of the old Mount Lowe Railway to the Echo Mountain ruins.

For more detailed information on the trail, please visit:

This is a FREE event, and we welcome everyone to join us, members and non-members alike.

For any questions or concerns, please contact TAP Social Project Chair, Kalen @

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