Mount Lowe / Echo Mountain

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Echo Mtn

Echo Mountain and Mount Lowe

These Projects are listed in chronological order from old to new.  Projects 1 through 6 in that order.  Current Projects are the most recent events.

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Scott, Brian, Jimmy G, Ramon, Jimmy D, Thad


Projects that have been undertaken and worked on over the years are:

Bullwheel Gear on Echo Mtn

Bullwheel on Echo Mtn

Bullwheel (partial) with remnants of 
Powerhouse in back (about 1962 - it would appear that the workers are in the process of moving and assembling the  Bullwheel from its original location)

Bullwheel Prior to the building of the Powerhouse (about 1892)

Echo Mountain / Mounument at top of Incline

After time, soil erosion became a problem as our monument was gradually losing some of it's foundation.  We had to make a special effort to shore up the area to end the erosion.

Below is present appearance with the shoring visible around the perimeter

Rainy day at Monument / Top of Incline
The man on the right with hands on hips is Robert Wilde. 
See a pic of him in 1958 standing in almost the same spot.

Click here to see job getting Armature up the hill to this it's resting spot behind the snow plow below

  • Because of repeated damage to the Sam Merrill monument on Echo Mountain, the group erected a sign next to the destroyed monument.

Sam Merrill Monument

Constructed and dedicated to Sam Merrill by the Sierra Club in 1949.  Sam had taken care of the mountain during his senior years.  In 1948 he helped the Forest fight a great fire that was consuming the mountain.  He over exerted himself, and a few days later died.  In his honor, in addition to this monument, the trail from the foothills to Echo Mountain, and up to Mt. Lowe is named after him.

The top of the monument lays at the side to the right.  It was lost for years until the SMLRHC, while clearing brush in 2001, at one of the caretaker's buildings, discovered the piece, which had been buried there about 100 feet down the hill from its original location.  We constructed a plaque and set up a sign post which can be seen to the left of the main part of the monument.  

Trail from Echo to Cape of Good Hope.  The notch on the upper left is the Cape where we park our cars.  Then we trek down the trail for 1/2 mile to reach Echo Mountain for our work parties.  Goin' back after we've worked a few hours is a challenge because it is up hill !  

      BELOW, as stated, you can see us trudging up the Echo Mountain Trail back to the Cape carrying our tools and things after a day's work.
      NOTICE the cement abutments to our left - these were once the foundations for the tracks for the railroad cars that carried people up to the Mt. Lowe Tavern (The Alpine Tavern).

Bridge remnants along Echo Mountain Trail that once held the tracks for the trolleys to Mt. Lowe Tavern (Ye Alpine Tavern)


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