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Quick Links:. Submit Photo. Submit Review. View Classic Gallery. The railway opened in and stopped services in Interestingly, the railway was the only scenic mountain electric traction overhead electric trolley railroad in the country. Another of its features was the remarkable incline up Rubio Canyon to the Echo Mountain House, and a circular bridge that was as an engineering landmark in itself.
Lowe Camp , once frequented by LA tourists and subsequently destroyed by flooding and fire. Along the trial you'll find historical markers that relate the story of the rail line.
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Register for Free. Please correct all errors. First Name Invalid first name format. When you reach the electrical transformers you will know you are half way. As you continue the climb, make sure to look back at what you have accomplished thus far. The trail continues about another mile up from here, at which time you will see a split in the road. Make sure to stay right as that will take you to the ruins, while the other switchback will continue to take you up. From here the trail begins its historical aspect as there are signs with old pictures, historic plaques and abandoned railroad pieces.
There is even some shade up here with picnic benches so you can relax and have your lunch while escaping the heat. As you proceed to the ruins there is a massive old cog-wheel that was used on the railway and is pretty cool to still see up here. The large foundation of the house is still pretty much intact but that is about all that is left. All along the property there are historic pictures, timelines and information on the ruins though, I loved immersing myself in it. On the top of the small hill there is an old water tank which is where my crew sat and enjoyed our lunch at.
Basically, the way that the hills are up here provides for a pretty unique echo. You can really take as long as you would like exploring this area as there is a lot to take in if you are interested in the history. On the way down just be sure to take your time and not to roll an ankle on the loose rock.
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