Hike for the Homeless

Feb 8, 2016


Mike Simms, curator of the Echo Mountain ruins above Altadena, has been working for over a year to create a park for people to come up and enjoy. To highlight his new Friends of Echo Mountain group and all of the wonderful hikes he’s discovered, last December he welcomed one and all to participate in the first Echo Mountain Festival of Lights, which drew 700 people.

Below is a long exposure photograph, which shows the trail of a rescue helicopter in the sky as well as the zig-zagging string of lights from the hikers on the trail (enjoy more pictures here.)…




On Sunday, Simms hosted another inaugural event, “Hike for the Homeless.” People were invited to seriously dig through their gear of tents, sleeping bags and pads; socks, boots and shoes; umbrellas, rain pants and insulated jackets; and hats, beanies, gloves and mittens, and then donate what they could to the homeless living who need to survive a periodically cold and wet winter.

At the head of the trail at Cobb Estate, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team had information about hiking safety and folks from the Community Adventist Fellowship Church donated 20 large bags of clothes and joined the hike.

Simms teamed up with REI in Arcadia (that offered a 15% certificate off one’s next purchase) to encourage donations, which will benefit the local nonprofit organization Friends in Deed.




For folks who would like to contribute, donations may be dropped off at…

Friends in Deed, 444 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 91104. Phone: 1.626.797.2402.

Or for cash donations, click the link here:


Echo Mountain photos courtesy of Friends of Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain photos courtesy of Friends of Echo Mountain







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