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In addition to the obvious appeal of hiking to the White City ruins at Echo Mountain (elevation 3,207′); I’ve enjoyed the nighttime city glow numerous times with Echo Mountain being my last stop on long winter hikes preparing me for future treks to destinations like Mt. Whitney. No matter how late I was, I always saw people coming up the Sam Merrill Trail, many not bothering to use a headlamp. Watching a sunset on the peak and hiking back down at night is probably the best option for summer hikes.

View from the Sam Merrill Trail at night.

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