Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mount Wilson Trail Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike! Not much water at the top but overall hike definitely worth the views! Trail didn’t have too much traffic and well kept up and easy to follow. I also saw deer on the way down :) Would definitely recommend!

There must be a better way down then the super steep scramble that may have you sliding down instead of hiking down. I did manage to come strait down from Jonas peak but thought it was a bit difficult. Wear pants due to the waist high slight bushwhacking down. Legs could get a bit cut up without pantsh. I could see how hiking sticks may come in handy. The switchbacks on the way up we’re a bit trying and at times steep. Found a cool lookout zone at the trail split from mt Wilson going up towards Jonas. Following Jonas peak trail going through what looks to be an old creek be careful for poison oak. Wear sunblock n bring enough water. Even in October I went through 1.5L. FYI: if you drive straight to this location Wilson trail head park has restrooms before you hike up so plan accordingly. Seen mountain lion poop and trails of paws coming down from Jonas peak. But no animals in sight...All in all enjoyed it.

Always a great workout. I think most people take this trail to First Water or Orchard Camp, but if you continue all the way up to Mount Wilson, you'll be rewarded with amazing views of LA. The parking here is much easier than Chantry Flats, which is a disaster. Just park on the street in the neighborhood, and you're good to go. Granted, the Gabrielino Trail from Chantry is beautiful, but if you just need a good workout and an extra 600 feet of elevation gain without the parking hassle, I highly recommend this trail.

If your looking for a trail hike and not a fire road this is it. From dirt to rocks, shade to sun, cool breeze to no breeze this here trail is #1.

Nice hike all exposed bring sunblock and water all incline till you get wherever you’re going

I clocked almost 16 miles to mt Wilson & 3400 elevation gain
Go early so not so hot
Bring water
It’s a steady incline so nothing incredibly steep... just long!
Have fun!

I like challenges go all the way to the he towers.

Great hike. We left a car at Bailey Canyon Park and started at the base of the Mount Wilson trail. The connector trail is tougher than I expected and is not shaded for the most part. However once you get to the ridge it’s pretty much all downhill to Bailey Canyon unless you want to detour up to the top of Jones Peak, which we opted not to do today because it was getting hot. Lots of wildflowers still in bloom even this late in the summer.

I saw a baby bear there on July 2. It’s a good hike but start early as there’s little shade and the sun is very strong in mid afternoon

A good warm up trail for Mt Whitney training.

Great hike!

Very fun trail that is close to the city, but you're immediately in a forest once you start on the trail. I parked on the street just across the park and walked up the paved street to get to the trailhead. It was moderately steep, and after hiking through the shaded area provided by the row of trees, there is eventually no shade until the end where the creek is located.

We saw a mama bear and a cub on the hiking trail!!!!!!!!!!!!

like I can just Trail because it is challenging and gives you a good workout. today the trail is starting to look more and more like spring. yellow flowers everywhere, some purple flowers and some Periwinkle bushes. there is plenty of water in the Babbling Brook. and the morning was nice and cool but not cold. great time to be out there.

We did the loop counter clockwise. The Jones Peak 'scratch' trail was very difficult for us to follow coming down from the peak. We lost it and ended up at the bottom of a steep wash. Sierra Madre Fire Department helicopter rescued us.

Hiked it a week and a half ago for first time. Normally go through Chantry. We liked this trail. Nice tough trail that is a decent training hike for Grand canyon. Definitely go when it's overcast and cool or get an early morning start. Pretty exposed until upper parts of trail. Got to see the 3 bears that live in the area, which was a neat surprise.

This hike was beautiful and mostly incline. Saw a deer on the way up at the beginning of the hike. Went the first day of spring so it was overcast. Would go here again!

6 months ago

Not for the casual hiker. The total elevation gain is more then climbing Mt Whitney (on much lower altitude, of course). This is a Very Serious Workout. Incredibly varied landscape with great views. Up to Manzanita Ridge (3,400 ft climb) is a good workout. The section across Mt Zion was a bit less crowded then the rest. The climb to Wilson from Sturtevant Camp is another 2,400 ft up but generally pretty. Mt Wilson proper is build up, but at least there are restrooms and there is a working bottle fill station next to the cafe (cafe currently closed because of fires nearby). The unmaintained part section after you more or less jump off the toll road is exposed but was wonderfully quiet (overgrown: long pants required). Will probably do this again.

First of all, I think that this trail may be considered on the harder end of moderate. Prepare for some brutal switchbacks, but a GORGEOUS hike. Be sure to check the signs where the trail splits to make this a loop, or else you'll have to turn back and go down the way you came, I am pretty sure. The sign is clearly marked as the Bailey Canyon Loop trail. As Ruben noted in his review it takes a little searching for the trail that connects to the Northern trail. It looks like you won't even want to go in the gulch, but pay attention on the right and you'll find it. The two main trails were very populated, but I was the only one on the connecting trail. I was grateful for that, because that was the most brutal portion of this hike. Bring your poles - I totally spaced on bringing any and paid dearly for it. The roadwalk back to the parking on Miramonte was nice - seems like those who live butted up to Wilson are used to seeing the likes of us trudging down the road to our cars after the loop. Bring a few liters of water. Wear layers. Get there early, if possible. I am not sure if this leads to the summit proper, but the views were gorgeous from the top. Take advantage of the benches on the down - your knees will thank you. Be careful on the roadwalk, as there are no sidewalks for the first bit.

The first half is a steady incline and you're exposed to a lot of sun. The second half is a much steeper incline and can get quite chilly and breezy. If you want a nice conditioning hike, this is it. Careful along those rocky edges up in the second half. Can be challenging for this who don't like heights.

Didn't get to finish it because I came too late. But it's a decent hike, but a bit narrow in the trails at times. I would not personally bring my dog who is a but rambunctious. Plenty of street parking.

I love this trail and hike it repeatedly. Almost all uphill on the way and when you get around the front to the backside of the mountains you find tranquility.

I recently did this hike with my dog during the week and started at 5:30 am. Owls hooting in the dark. The forest eventually was waking up with birds chirping. It was amazing. I would recommend. We got to orchard camp and had it to ourselves. It is a great run down.

Great hike. Some parts are pretty exposed so be sure to prepare for that if you have dogs with ya

Definitely all incline awesome hike.Make sure to pack lots of water and a snack. We did 5.15 miles roundtrip. I enjoyed this hike. Some parts of the trail have very little space to walk with no barriers. Be mindful and share the space by letting fast walkers pass you. I hope this helps. Happy Hikings!!

This was a very challenging trail -- up the side of a mountain on a narrow path with steep ascent and deadly drop-off on one side.

We made it to Orchard Camp but I'm sorry to report that the ~500 year old majestic oak tree in the camp had just fallen, on Christmas Day 2017, before we got there. We met a couple at the camp who had passed the tree (intact) early in the day, reached Wilson Peak, then on their return saw the tree was destroyed. Sad.

Here's a picture of the fractured trunk: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2jdoIBm97ZGoYr8E2

Only the lowest portion of the trail is heavily trafficked. Also, once you go off the toll road toward Hastings the trail is not maintained so therefore steep and somewhat brushy. It is also exposed. This route would be really hot in the summer but is fine for all but the hottest months.


Awesome hike.

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