SAM MERRILL TRAIL TO ECHO MOUNTAIN, SAN GABRIEL MTS
APRIL 2012 PAGE ONE




This was a hike mostly for exercise but I did find that the spring bloom is grudgingly getting under way. The hike from the trailhead at Lake Avenue is about 5.5 miles roundtrip, and is really enjoyable given that the end point is the famous locale of the White City complex including the Echo Mountain House, the Echo Chalet and numerous other buildings such as a power station, a zoo, an astronomical observatory, and a casino and dance hall, all of which were destroyed by a series of fires and windstorms within a decade of their opening. The remains of stone steps, water tanks, and rail lines stand mute testimony to nature's lack of concern for the works of man, and one can only imagine what it must have been like for that brief period of time to arrive atop Echo Mountain via the funicular railway and be greeted by the spectacular views and the grandeur of the accomodations. One thing that does still remain is the ability of the surrounding ridges to cast back a startlingly clear echo of one's voice, from which the area derives its name. In most cases my introductory photo is of the place featured in the gallery, but in this case it is from the mountain toward downtown Los Angeles with the Palos Verdes Peninsula at the far left.


   
Woodland stars
Lithophragma affine
Saxifragaceae



 
Bigelow's spike-moss
Selaginella bigelovii
Selaginellaceae


 
 
 
California dodder
Cuscuta californica var. californica
Convolvulaceae
 
 



   
Bird's-foot fern
Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata
Pteridaceae
 
 
Two-tone everlasting
Pseudognaphalium biolettii
Asteraceae


   
Tufted poppy
Eschscholzia caespitosa
Papaveraceae


 
Common groundsel *
Senecio vulgaris
Asteraceae
 
 



 
 
Summer lupine
Lupinus formosus var. formosus
Fabaceae

 
Collar lupine
Lupinus truncatus
Fabaceae
 


   
  Golden yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum
Asteraceae
 



 
Hoaryleaf ceanothus
Ceanothus crassifolius var. crassifolius
Rhamnaceae
 
 
 
Chaparral whitethorn
Ceanothus leucodermis
Rhamnaceae


   
Rose clover *
Trifolium hirtum
Fabaceae