LoEver wonder what that creepy forest with that big Estate gate at the end of Lake and Loma Alta is all about? Why is it called the Haunted Forest? Have you ever dared to explore these haunted grounds? I'm sure you're wondering, is it really haunted? Is it really as creepy as it sounds? Well I've had a bit of a scare hiking this estate......
Charles Cobb built a huge estate on the grounds in 1918, he was a lumber magnate and him and his wife settled in Altadena, Ca to live out their years. He died in 1939 and left the estate to the Free Masons of Pasadena, they later sold it to the sisters of St. Joseph, this is when the grounds got creepy. Story goes a nun was found hung from a tree on these very grounds, ya very disturbing. The estate was later sold to the Marx Brothers, at this time teenagers and people with not so great agendas were squatting on these grounds. Rumor has it there were gang related execution style murders that occurred here. I'll be honest, all of this freaks me the freak out! But I have been asked by several people to lead a haunted forest hike, so I am delivering (taking one for the team), ha,ha,ha. Eventually the city tore the estate down due to the criminal activity. The city was then going to turn this land into a cemetery, but the town banned together and raised money to keep it a public access trail. They sold the land to the parks and rec department to keep it protected, proof we all hold the power for change! Many people say they have measured paranormal activity in the forest or felt different energies, we will all find out together!
So here is my creepy experience in the forest: I decided my friends and I should do a night hike! Mind you this is back before I had my company and I hadn't hiked this trail in a long time... So we take an Uber to the Cobb Estate and set out to do Echo Mountain, mind you, we got there at like 9 p.m! We suddenly realize we were lost (don't worry you won't get lost with me now, I promise)! We all kinda felt a weird energy in the air but chose to ignore it, we ended up on top of a steep hill in the dark of the night, with only the full moon to guide us. We finally decided to turn back and as we're coming down we see 3 witches!! Yes, witches, with pentagrams and they were carrying a small box, they were definitely out to do some witchcraft! We asked them "do you know how to get to the Echo Mountain trail head?" They looked at us with annoyance and said "no, we have no idea" I take it, they only go to the estate to cast spells. There is a lot of weird and creepy activity that goes on in the haunted forest, especially on full moons!
If you haven't been you're definitely missing out, but I don't blame you for not going alone. So I have put together a group hiking experience throughout the month of October to safely guide you through the estate and if you choose to, I'll guide you to the top of Echo Mountain! I will fill you in on the history, the scary tales, and the nature around you! It's a fun way to get your scare and hike on and meet other awesome people that enjoy creepy hikes! Oh ya and there is an awesome Echo Phone at the top to scream into, if you so wish.
Echo Mountain Portion: This is a moderate to strenuous hike depending on your fitness and hike skill. It involves 2.5 miles of uphill switchbacks, we can take breaks as needed. It can be tough for beginners, but not impossible, I've had a few beginners do this as their first hike, but breaks were needed.
Dates: Sat Oct 12th and Sat Oct 19th.
Duration: 1.5 to 3.5 hours
Time: Meet at 5:15 P.m Start Hike at 5:30 p.m Back at Car by 10 p.m.
Please only pick on option. There is no changing options the day of.
Distance: Cobb Estate only; 1 to 1. 5 miles round trip. Approx. 1 to 1.5 hours.
The estate and Echo Mountain Round trip 6.5 miles (2.5 are uphill switchbacks). 3.5 hours approx.
Equipment Provided: Headlamps
Snacks Provided: Homemade Vegan Banana or Pumpkin Bread (depending on allergies and what I have a available). :)
Bring: 2 liters of water, and if needed walking sticks\hiking poles
This is a group hike, there are only 10 spots available per hike.
Closed toe shoes are a must!!
Parking: Parking is free. PLEASE READ: If you park on Lake Parking is not allowed after 8 p.m. If you park on Loma Alta parking is allowed til 10 p.m! So Park on Loma Alta to ensure no ticketing.
Cancellations: Cancellations must be done 48 hours before the day of the hike for a refund. Thank you.
Bring a sweater for the top, it gets chilly.
Hikes are subject to cancellation due to weather or safety hazards. Full refund will be given if hike is cancelled due to weather, safety or any reason on my part.
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