Looking for a great trail in Mount Wilson Trail Park, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 7 hard trails in Mount Wilson Trail Park ranging from 5.3 to 19.7 miles and from 958 to 5,705 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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bugs
no shade
1 day ago

I really liked the trail it had many nice vistas. The place where the water collected was nice and shady. It was a cool place to just hang out and listen to the stream trickle by.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

It was a good work out. First Water is a nice spot to hang out for a bit, maybe have a picnic. I would start early if you’re going to hike it in the morning. We got there at 10 and had no shade most of the way. I would recommend trying out Charlie’s new trail. Views were better imo.

hiking
bugs
rocky
7 days ago

Good trail, has some steep parts, and great views. This app doesn’t take you to the start of the trail, it takes you to street parking for the trail. To find the trail you need to head up the paved road Mount Wilson Trail.

If you get started at or before sunrise this hike is about 95% shade, but fairly steep. There are a whole lot of switch backs and the view is only okay until you get about .10 of a mile from Mount Jones, but looking back toward the mountains is lovely. 4/5 of it starts at sunrise, probably a 3/5 any other time of day.

Harder than I expected but a good hike. We took the wrong trail (Winter Creek) on the descent for 2 miles and had to go back up. That was tough but we laughed about it.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

Very steep uphill. So if you want a workout this is the one for you. Make sure to bring tons of water, there are a couple of shady spots but mostly you’re in the sun.

Did this to the waterfall. Great trail to go on if you want to get away from people. Didn’t see anyone after the parking lot. The waterfall area was very cool. No water though. My only wish was that it was longer.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

Steep trail but great workout! Definitely doing this again! First part exposed, but the rest is under canopy with ferns, moss, etc. Amazing that there is still water in the creek at tye end of September! Would like this write-up to be updated, though. My Edmondo app on my phone, though the canopy may have messed up the distance rating a little, still said it was 8.1 miles from the trailhead, not 6.3 miles. Even the signs on the trail contradict each other, with one saying 7 miles and another saying 7.5 miles.

awesome hike, steep incline in but all down hill going out on the plus side!

hiking
no shade
off trail
23 days ago

Nice hike! Spotted a huge bear on the streets by Auburn and Grand View on the way to the starting point :D Once you reach First Water, time permitting, you can walk along the creek that leads into the forest. Scenic and serene!!

tough climb, don't feel like you are away with the city view everywhere. cloudy day kept the bugs and heat away

Great trail. Went up for the first time at 4:30 on an 85° day. Exposed for about the first half mile, then shaded the rest of the way as it cut through the backside of the mountain.

running
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

I ran this trail late morning around 10:30 in September. The area was exposed and didn't have a lot of shade. It's a tough hike and the summit portion has some parts of the trail that need some maintenance. Tough hike with a lot of elevation gain!

Good workout. Too hot today though. No shade.

Took Charlie’s new trail up to first water, there are a couple of cute benches to sit on and enjoy the view!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

its rocked us ! I'm beat. super hard, but do able hahaha.

Holy hell!! The loop to jones peak from the north end of mt Wilson trail down to the south end was horrible!! Otherwise everything else was great!

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