570 Route 99. PASADENA.
across the valley, with its glossy-green orange-groves, to the snow-
topped wall of the Sierra Madre. Mt. San Antonio (see below), in the
San Bernardino Range, is seen overtopping the Sierra Madre to the
N.E., while the San Jacinto Peaks (p. 587) are visible on the S.E.
horizon. To the S. and S.W. lies the ocean, with the mountainous
islands of Santa Catalina (p. 568) and San Clemente (with its curious
rivers of sand and relics of an unknown race).
The city of Pasadena is well laid out and contains good Schools,
Churches, a *Public Library (notable both for architecture and excellent
management), an Opera House, and other substantial buildings. The
Museum of the Pasadena Academy of Sciences contains an interesting
collection of antiquities, fossils, and objects of natural history. The
wealth of vegetation in the streets and gardens includes the eucalyptus,
pepper-trees, olives, lemon and orange trees, cork and india-rubber
trees, date and fan palms, bananas, guavas, Japanese persimons,
locust trees, and other trees and shrubs too numerous to name. The
annual Floral Parade (Jan. 1st) attracts thousands of onlookers from
Los Angeles and elsewhere. The roads in the neighbourhood are
good, and many pleasant drives may be made. Comp. 'All about
Pasadena', by C. F. Holder.
One of the most popular excursions from Pasadena is the ascent of
Echo Mountain and of Mount Lowe (fee p. 571). — The ascent of "Mt. Wilson
(5760 ft.) is generally accomplished by omnibus to the foot of the trail and
thence to the summit by burro (fare, there and back, including mule and
guide, $2V2). A good road, 9 M. long, beginning at Eaton Canon (5 M.
from Pasadena and 272M. from Altadena, see below-; omnibus twice daily
to this point) ascends to the top of Mt. Harvard (5433 ft.; Martin's Camp,
open throughout the year, $ 2), an adjacent peak, whence the top of Mt.
Wilson is easily reached. The *View is extensive and very beautiful. The
ascent of the two peaks is also often made from Santa Anita (p. 527). —
The "San Gabriel Mission (see p. 586) lies 3'/2 M. to the S.E. of Pasadena;
the road to it leads through large orange-groves. — Among other easily
accessible points of interest near Pasadena are Stoneman's Ranch, with fine
orange-groves, 1M. to the S.; Sunny Slope Winery, 3>/2 M. to the E.; the Shorb
or San Gabriel Winery, 21/2 M. to the S., said to be the largest in the world;
Baldwin's Ranch (p. 569), 5 M. to the E.; the Ostrich Farm (adm. 25 c),
IV2 M. to the N.W.; Millards' Canon, 5 M. to the N.; Arroyo Seco Canon,
5 M. to the N.W., reached via the Devil's Gate (tramway); Linda Vista, 2 M.
to the N.E; and "La Canada Valley, 4'/2 M. to the N.W. The last five points
may be easily combined in one circular drive. Mt. Disappointment (5200 ft.)
and Brown's Peak (5300 ft.) may be ascended (with guide) by those who are
fond of mountain-climbing. Mt. San Antonio (Old Baldy; 10,140 ft.), 27 M.
to the N.E., is best ascended from Upland (p. 527).
The sportsman will find abundance of game for his gun in the vicinity
of Pasadena, including bears in the remoter recesses of the mountains.
Coursing is also practised, the hares or jack-rabbits affording good sport.
Beyond Pasadena the 'Short Route' of the Pacific Electric Co.
(see p. 569) goes on to (6 M.) Altadena (1300 ft.), near the foot of
the Sierra Madre. Immense tracts here are covered in winter by
From Altadena the Mount Lowe Electeic Railway , starting from
Los Angeles, runs to (2'/s M.) the Rubio Falls in the Rubio CaHon (1900 ft.),
whence a Geeat Cable Incline, 1000 yds. long, ascends to the summit of
Echo Mountain (3500 ft.; return-fare from Los Angeles $ l'/s), which com¬
mands a wide and beautiful view. Here are the Lowe Observatory (with a