Mt. Wilson Toll Road Climb is a 26.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pasadena, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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On 9/14/16, hiking at Mt. Wilson was my first hiking with around- trip over 14 miles after Oct. 2013. It was a hot day. We had 15 team players together getting to the peak. Challenging with great fun!
It was fun! We got dropped off at the top & biked down. Great trail!
Started the new year, with a climb to the top. I took the Mt. Wilson Trail beginning in Sierra Madre. With 4800 feet of elevation gain over 15.5 miles, there are pretty steep sections. In some shady sections near the top, there are little gullies that are still covered with a light frosting of snow. Some stretches in the middle can get rather warm. Bring a jacket, lots of water, and lots of snacks.
The Mt Wilson Toll Road is definitely a training hike. There are much prettier trails (such as the Chantry Flats trail which I loved). It is 18 miles and the gain is consistently 500 feet per mile. It is fire road the entire way and the middle third is pretty and shaded, but the beginning and end is all exposed. Lots of beautiful views. It passes through Henninger Flats at 2.7 miles which is a nice place, but no water there - so make sure you carry enough to get you to the top where you can refill. If you haven't been to the top of Mt Wilson, it's a little anticlimatic, with a big parking lot. But there is a nice restroom and a small cafe with nice views. It's very popular from the beginning to Henninger (parking is not easy), where most people stop. After that we just saw a couple of mountain bikers and one runner.
Great hike for those in shape. Husband and I did the mount Wilson trail from chantry flats base during the Winter. It was a marvelous hike. We did not need snow shoes, poles, or trekking gear. We did wear sweaters as it got cold towards the peak. We took our time and did it in about 7 hours. We took our dog and he loved it. Like the other review states, being your snacks and lots of water. When you get towards the top and the switchbacks seem to never end, you'll need it. But the observatory has a water fountain that allows you to refill you bottles for the trip home. Which was great. I can't wait to do this trail again.