Day Hikes Around Los Angeles: 135 Great Hikes

Day Hikes Around Los Angeles: 135 Great Hikes

by Robert Stone
     
 

LA Times Best Seller! Day Hikes Around Los Angeles includes 135 hikes in and around a 50-mile radius of the city. Now in its updated 5th edition (with 53 additional hikes), this book has made the LA Times Bestseller List for several years. Residents and adventuresome travelers will find the book essential to discovering an amazing number of hiking opportunities.…  See more details below

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LA Times Best Seller! Day Hikes Around Los Angeles includes 135 hikes in and around a 50-mile radius of the city. Now in its updated 5th edition (with 53 additional hikes), this book has made the LA Times Bestseller List for several years. Residents and adventuresome travelers will find the book essential to discovering an amazing number of hiking opportunities. Despite the imminent presence of the city, there are thousands of acres of natural, undeveloped land with hundreds of miles of trails. Hikes range from boardwalk strolls along the ocean to shady canyon trails that lead to far-reaching overlooks. Intriguing metropolitan walks are also included. Highlights include year-round waterfalls, wildlife preserves, lighthouses, Griffith Park (the country's largest municipal park), the famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign, ruins such as Sunken City and the abandoned Echo Mountain complex, quiet canyon trails, panoramic vistas of the city and coastline, and the rugged terrain of the San Gabriel Mountains (new to 5th edition). All levels of hiking are included, with an emphasis on a mid-range hikes. Companion guides include Day Hikes Around Orange County (south of LA), Day Hikes Around Ventura County (north of LA), Day Hikes On the Southern California Coast, and Day Hikes On the Central California Coast.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573420617
Publisher:
Day Hike Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Day Hikes Series
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.80(d)

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from Day Hikes Around Los Angeles...Hike 106--Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail: Echo Mountain, jutting southward between Las Flores Canyon and Rubio Canyon, is a 3,250-foot promontory overlooking the city of Altadena. The site atop Echo Mountain is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the location of White City, an active mountaintop resort from 1893 through 1936. The ruins of White City still remain, creating a museum-like atmosphere. Atop the promontory are rock foundations, old retaining walls, rusting Pacific Electric railroad parts, iron tracks, abandoned gears, and ballwheels. Interpretive panels with historic photos are mounted in the exact spot they were originally taken. The Mount Lowe Railway shuttled guests seven miles and 1,300 feet up Rubio Canyon, from Altadena to the top of the Echo Mountain promontory. For four decades, the tourist attraction thrived. In 1900, a fire destroyed the Echo Mountain House. Another fire and a windstorm in 1905 burned additional structures and the trestles. In the late 1930s, flash floods and gale force winds wiped out the remaining buildings. The railway was abandoned in 1938.

Meet the Author

Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books for more than a decade. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over a 1000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.

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