At Our Leisure: A Photograph of Echo Rock at Mt. Wilson, ca. 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly four decades, during the "Great Hiking Era" of the 1890s to the 1930s, the San Gabriel Mountains were a highly popular place for outdoor activity of many kinds: camping, fishing, resort stays and visits and, especially, hiking.  Documenting much of this activity with hundreds of published photographs, usually in... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Photograph of Bear Canyon, Mount Baldy, ca. 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Summer excursions into our local mountains have been a popular pastime for residents of the region and out-of-town visitors alike for many years.  The so-called "Great Hiking Era" from the end of the 19th century to the Great Depression years incldued a veritable explosion of exploration of the Angeles, San Bernardino,... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Tent Cabin in the San Gabriel Mountains, March 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From about the late 1880s, when a massive growth boom engulfed greater Los Angeles, and for decades afterward, our local mountains, including the San Gabriel range, were heavily used for hiking, hunting, fishing and camping during what is often called "The Great Hiking Era," when outdoor activity flourished in America broadly.... Continue Reading →

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