Mount Wilson via Chantry Flats is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A strenuous day hike through a beautiful section of the San Gabriel mountains with a 50 ft. waterfall. Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the trails are the real beauty of this hike. There are several trails you can take to the top of Mt. Wilson, but this challenging 13 mile loop is the most beautiful. It starts at the Chantry Flats trailhead above Arcadia, and includes a one mile detour to view the beautiful Sturtevant Falls before climbing 4,200' to the top of Mt. Wilson. This is the first of six southern California summits in the 6-Pack of Peaks bundle. Done in sequence, they provide great training anyone preparing for bigger hikes such as Mt. Whitney or Half Dome. Each hike in the 6-Pack is progressively higher in altitude, and all have respectable distance and vertical elevation gain.
Did this on Sunday. Quite a few people but not bad. Leave early. We started at 6:45a. First 3 miles are easy and the last 4 up are a quad burning grind. Great views. Free coffee and hot chocolate at the snack bar. Snow and ice near the top still so think about bringing micro spikes. Did out and back on upper winter creek trail to Mt Wilson trail.
Absolutely loved the scenery and the waterfall.
Great time completing a challenging hike.
This hike is pretty moderate and long but worth the distance. You'll see a waterfall during spring. A lot of shade and very green.
awesome hike did it 2 weeks ago, your hiking 80 percent of the trail thru the forest. The hike was tough though, bring plenty of water.
One of the best hikes around. Beautiful scenery, very relaxing and destination is great