Mount Wilson to Bailey Canyon Loop

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Mount Wilson to Bailey Canyon Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles
2,529 feet

dog friendly


nature trips


This trail starts off at Mount Wilson trailhead, then cuts over to Bailey Canyon via Jones Peak Trail. The cut over trail is not often used. Last segment you walk on a street through a very pleasant neighborhood.

4 months ago

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.

9 months ago

my s health app recorded this hike distance to be 8.2 miles. It's more hard then moderate but it's a nice trail for those that are stepping it up from moderate to more challenging trails. The connecting point from mt. Wilson to Bailey is tricky as it seems the trail comes to an end but walk up and to the right you find the trail that is kinda hidden that will take you up to jonas peak then it's all down hill after that peak. there is a short cut in between you can take...keep an eye for it ..its marked on the map as well

10 months ago

Started early AM (sunrise) .. wonderful experience. Came across very few other hikers along the way.

5 months ago

9 months ago