Moonlight Hike: Mount Lowe in the San Gabriels

Pleasant, evening hike with alumni friends. Enjoy a picnic while watching the sunset and the stars light up.

Cost: $5 adventure pass for drivers; pot luck self host

The mighty San Gabriels tower over the lives of 15 million people across Southern California, forming a partition of granite tracing the boundaries of two great continental plates. Join us for an easy, fun moonlight hike appropriate for beginners as we make the pleasant walk up the last 400 feet of Mt. Lowe over a mile and a half course. We’ll watch as the sun’s amber splashdown in the Pacific silhouettes several coastal mountain ranges to the west. As the sun disappears, we shall delight as the moon casts a soft glow turning nearby peaks to blue, and guides us back down the trail through fresh, mountain air. City lights will form a bejeweled tablecloth over a mile below. Bring a potluck item to share. Wine, cheese and all evening cuisine welcome.
Where to meet: at the La Canada ride share point, just two blocks north of where the Angeles Crest Highway climbs from the 210 towards the mountains. From the 210 freeway, exit at Highway 2, the Angeles Crest or “Highway to the Stars” and drive uphill towards the mountains. There is an island on the east side of the road where we can park. For navigation, use “Milmada Dr. and Flanders Rd., La Canada Flintridge.”
What to Bring: Water, hiking boots and potluck item to share. Flashlight or headlamp to be used in shaded areas in the dark. Insect repellent suggested. Blanket or pad to spread food and sit on is optional. Bring eating utensils, napkins and plastic bags to carry refuse out. Dress warmly with a sweatshirt and a jacket, as the mountains have four seasons and it can get nippy a mile up, even in July, after sundown.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate. 400’ elevation gain and loss, 3 miles round trip. Children under the age of eight not recommended. No pets, please.

Note: Because we will be carpooling, people willing to drive groups to the trail head will be needed. Drivers will need to obtain an Adventure Pass in advance from a sporting goods store, or the gas station near the ride share point, for $5.  

Questions: Bill Sullivan, AB ’90. Cell (day of hike, only): 818-209-9439.
Leaders: Shirley Sung (AB ’05); Shao-Yi Qian (AB’ 2015 econ); Bill Sullivan (AB ’90).


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Bill Sullivan AB '90
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