Echo Canyon Grotto Mountain

Lets go to Echo Canyon

Lets go to Echo Canyon

October 26th 2015

My write up on Echo Canyon is a sad one as it is written in remembrance of Gundel Rau. The last time I hiked with Gundel was on this hike and as usual she guided us up to the sign with great knowledge of the maze of  trails. Happy trails and thanks for the memories.

The Echo Canyon trail is a local trail on the bench of Grotto Mountain. We started from the Alpine Club House road but you could walk from anywhere off the Horseshoe Trail Loops from  Elkrun Blvd.  Follow the trail signs to Grotto Mountain but stay right in the gorge and exit on the right of the gorge. Head up hill and hopefully find the sign in the above picture. Good luck because trails run all over the place. Although not far from home this is an interesting half day hike. The re-bar ladders make it that bit more special. It maybe a maybe an interesting hike in the spring when the snow melts and the canyon head becomes a waterfall, though the canyon could also be un-navigable due to the water.

Lee & Gundel watching there footing

Lee & Gundel watching there footing

Another tricky piece

Another tricky piece

Nice re-bar steps courtesy of the clinbing community

Nice re-bar steps courtesy of the climbing community

Gundel comes up a little more cautiously.

Gundel comes up a little more cautiously.

Time to try the ehco with the end of the canyon ahead

Time to try the echo with the end of the canyon ahead

Looking back down the canyon

Looking back down the canyon

Echo Canyon 1

Echo Canyon

Distance return 6.5 km Time return3:30 hrs  Elevation Accumulated gain 680 m Elevation to Summit 530 m Summit height 1860 m

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