Mt. Lowe Railway

Sunday, November 15, 2009



Spent most of Saturday hiking through the mountains of Altadena with a small group of family and friends. A beautiful trail, distinguished as one of the nation's 12 most scenic and historically significant recycled rail lines. It was my first time visiting in years, although as kids our mom would take us there every few weeks in the summer. Later as teenagers we would go there in the evening in groups with beers and flashlights, we called it the 'haunted forest'... not really haunted for any good reason we knew of, just a good name to attract teens.





Wonders found in nature:



Hawk?





After almost 3 miles of lots of hiking uphill
and sweating we reached our reward:



The remnants of Echo Mountain House (built ca.1894)





And what's left of its once famous railway:









Echo Phone installed in the same place where the original once stood in the early 1900's. I yelled 'Hello' through the canyon to Echo.



My sis, Anna, and me. Mine are the green pumas and my sis is the one who actually owns a pair of hiking boots. Below is the platform where visitors would arrive:





This is Connie, we met at the top. Became fast friends with my sis after she fed her some bread and pepper-jack cheese:



The last view as we headed down the trail back home,
down is much easier than up.



Sources: For more on the Mount Lowe Railway and it's history be sure to visit *HERE*.

Hope you've also had a wonderful weekend!

40 comments:

Merylu said...

Hello dear Gabbi! How are you? How wonderful these places are! And how beautiful these photos! I wish I were there too =) But this weekend I had to work on a project for the editor course I'm attending, so... no crafting, and no trips =(
Have a nice week my dear!
Much love,
Mary

Sarah said...

Wow that looks like such a great walk. I love your photos and the vintage ones too. The circular railway looks distinctly dodgy! The view from the top is stunning.

muchlove said...

Amazing photos, Gabbi! It must have been a really enjoyable hiking trip. The views look amazing, if I was there, I'd stop every few seconds just to take pictures, hehe.. although that would mean I'd take forever!
I like that Echo phone! I've never yelled out for an Echo before.
Also love that last photo, with the sun setting, it looks so calm and lovely - must've been a great end to the day.

Iva said...

wow! this is so beautiful Gabbi!! I love nature and taking long walks...especially love experiencing history...thank you for taking us along with you!

Leah said...

Fabulous view... and I love your shadow self-portrait.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Looks lovely - you took some wonderful photos :)

Maria Confer said...

Breathtaking photos.

The remnants are stunning but it makes me sad that such a glorious house is gone.

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Sam said...

What a wonderful thing to do! I bet you felt like a million bucks after all that exercise. This is a wonderful photo essay Gabbi - I love the way you've shown us the yester-year photos too - they make me feel a bit wistful actually - it's kinda sad it's all gone - why is that so I wonder? The photo of everyone at the railway in their gorgeous clothes is especially nice!

Have a super week! XX

emma wallace said...

What a marvelous photo-story! I loved it. Your nature photos (I especially liked the little floof ball and the sun through the trees) were just gorgeous.

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Emily said...

Thank you for sharing this, Gabbi! It sounds (and looks) like such an enjoyable and rewarding hike. Your photos are wonderful and make me feel as if I've seen this place with my own eyes. Echo Mountain House must have been quite the site to see in its heyday situated atop such a beautiful mountainside.

Kelley Anne said...

These photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing...you've made me want to go hiking:)

Down and Out Chic said...

wow, it looks like a lovely hike and i think i could make it three miles knowing i was going to end up there!

Elizabeth Marie said...

Oh wow! I haven't heard of this! I really wanted to check out some new hiking around LA so thank you my love!! Looks like so much fun. The weather was perfect this weekend too huh?! YAY!

Happy Sunday night Gabbi <3

Lady Thirty said...

oh what a lovely saturday!
love your pictures mixed with the old ones :D

take care!
xoxo

Hey Harriet said...

Wow! What an amazingly beautiful (and exhausting?) place to hike! Your photos are just so very lovely and I enjoyed the mix of the old and new. Thanks for sharing your fun adventure with us! May your week ahead be a super one!

Mondo said...

It reminds of parts of Greece and Spain we've visited, but blimey, that rickety ol' 'Circular Bridge' train looks terrifying. Yikes.

Hope your bee-sting's calmed down a bit Gabbi. Ouch!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Ahhh...what places once looked like - always love the history of things - what lovely before & after pictures Gabbi! Thanks for sharing (gosh....by the look of that train coming around the bend in the postcard - we don't know if we'd would have wanted to ride that...yikes!)

La chica said...

Preciosa excursión, seguro que ahora estás renovada.besos.

Stéphanie said...

Fabulous pictures Gabbi !

_nina_malvada_ said...

beautiful photos and view..

naveen said...

hi gibbi how are u how is ur life

how u spend ur sunday

gibbi u are a good photographer

Rebecca said...

You got some gorgeous shots, Gabbi! It does look worth the 3 mile hike. :) That echo phone sounds exciting.

Keith said...

Hey Gabbi. Wow. Great photos. It looks like you had a fantastic weekend. I'm glad you did. Take care. Have a wonderful week. Cheers!

Dream Sequins said...

Wow-- it looks like you had an AMAZING weekend. I love these pictures. So inspiring! You just made my Monday morning awesome.

miriam said...

oh sweet you, these photos are fairytale. have a lovely week! xx.

Couture Carrie said...

Stunning photos, darling!
What an exquisite post!

xoxox,
CC

Davy H said...

What loveliness.

I'd say it was a buzzard x

drollgirl said...

ooooooh, i want to go!!! but why so much uphill work? bah. almost all hiking involves a fair amount of huffing, puffing and suffering on my part, so there better be a hell of a view and some good picture taking opportunities OR ELSE! hahahah. this place fits the bill!

Stephanie said...

Gabbi, these pictures are beautiful. I absolutely love the last one. What a view. :) The horizon is just breathtaking. :)

Hanako66 said...

it's absolutely gorgeous!

Clau! said...

Beautiful images as allways ;)

And yes, they are open toe platforms with socks, I guess since the wide leg jeans are too long it does not matter you barely see them ;) I use it like that when is cold.

Saludos,
Clau!

P R I M O E Z A said...

lovely, lovely photos. how nice to get away there.

abril en paris said...

¡ Qué buena selección de fotos de
ese hermoso lugar !
Gracias por compartirlas !! :-)

dearilou said...

These pictures are so so lovely. It really makes me want to go on a nice long hike, though there isn't much rustic hiking here in Chicago.

(And I agree, cheese is expensive, that is why I unabashedly taking heaping handfuls of cheese samples!)

Diana said...

These are beautiful! I keep forgetting the parts of this area that could be explored. You did a great job :)

The Cottage Cheese said...

Your photographs are beautiful! What a lovely way to spend the day...

aDeLiNe said...

Amazing photos!
Thanks for stopping by and good luck on the give-away <3

Clorivak said...

Beautiful photos...looks like you had a great weekend!! Love the pumas..haha I love classic sneaks like those.

prashant said...

I love nature and taking long walks...especially love experiencing history.

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