Mount Wilson Trail

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Mount Wilson Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4429 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

scramble

210 to Baldwin Avenue. Baldwin north to Mira Monte. Mira Monte east (right) to trailhead located behind historic general store.

hiking
3 days ago

Super pleasant hike. Covered by trees a large part of the time!

Lovely morning hike up to first water.
Trail is in good shape after the rain, and there is indeed water running at first water.
Nice to see so many smiling faces and people enjoying the trail

hiking
18 days ago

Sturtesvant trail to summit, winter creek trail down. Very persistent uphill in woods. No Mountain View’s until about 6 miles in, but then those views were amazing. I probably wouldn’t choose to do this hike over Baldy since I prefer the views, but it was nice to have this climb at a lower elevation.

1 month ago

Great hike with nice elevation gain. The winter trail on the way back is unfortunately not as scenic.

2 months ago

Great views!!!

2 months ago

nice and beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

Had a good time hiking this trail. This was probably one of the hardest trails I've hiked due to the distance. But it was well worth it to see the views.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! I would do it again. The forest here is beautiful. It's a big contrast to the city just a few minutes away. Like everyone else says some areas have lots of bugs. Head nets and Off spray were helpful. Make sure to bring shoes with good tread and hiking poles. The walk down can be slippery because of all the acorns on the trail. There are pit toilets on the way up at one of the camps. At Sturtevant Camp the water fountain was on for us to top off on water. At top there are also toilets and water fountain. However, on the way down there is nothing until you get back to Chandry Flat. It took us 8 hours including breaks to complete.

hiking
3 months ago

one of my favs

hiking
3 months ago

Completed this hike in 7 hours. We started at Chantry and tooke the Sturtevant trail to the peak. Great hike and the last three miles to the top we're pretty tough. The view is amazing at the top! Definitely worth the struggle of those switchbacks. The trail down was a bit hard to find but luckily another hiker helped to guide us in the right direction. I'd definitely recommend bringing mosquito nets. These were lifesavers!

4 months ago

This is not Mount Wilson from Chauntry Flats, its Mount Wilson from Sierra Madre to the Observatory then back to Sierra Madre. It's around 7 miles in each direction.

4 months ago

I'm not sure who measured this hike but it's not accurate. If you start at Chantry Flats and hike through Spruce Grove and Struverant Camps, then go back down the same way it is 17 miles. If you do the loop it's closer to 22 miles.
This was my first time hiking past the camps and up to the peak. I went solo with my two dogs.
Wear a bug net and if you're bringing dogs, try to make them wear a net also. I felt so bad my girls had bugs sticking in their eyes. I won't bring them again just because of that.
It's a hard peak, the last 3 miles to the top are brutal switchbacks.
Then the last half mile to the parking lot is pure hell.
We started at 6:30am and got back to the car by 3pm. We took a long break at the top and made a lot of stops going back down as one of my dogs needs to rest more often.
Although it's hard and bugs were gnarly, it still gets 5 stars. I've never understood the people who rate nature with low stars because nature is being nature! Get outside and enjoy the beauty.
Also, LEAVE NO TRACE. This is a heavily trafficked trail and people are littering assholes.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a difficult but rewarding hike. Took about 9 hours and 2 liters of water. First mile or so is exposed so get up early. Bugs didn't hit until Orchard Camp but were constant until the parking lot at the top. Orchard Camp to the bench is the worst of the elevation gain so be prepared. Ran into a small snake (non-rattler), couple of deer, and dozens of lizards. Important to remember to keep right on the trail when the Toll Road hits the actual road to stay on Trail. We got lucky as there was a cloud inversion when we hiked it so we got great pictures. Worth the sweat and sore muscles to do it.

hiking
5 months ago

This being my first hike to a mountain peak I got to say the trail was strenuous and difficult. My friends and I parked near Mount Wilson Trail park (which does not require an adventure/wilderness pass). The four of us treaded our way up at around 6:30 and reached the summit in four hours. When reaching the half way point at Orchard Camp It's recommended to take a break before kicking yourself into your next gear to climb the next 3-4 miles. My friends and I took about 5 good breaks along the way and they were all helpful in catching our breath and rehydrating. It's also nice just to take a second to see the beautiful scenery along the trail. When you reach the peak there is a water refill station for those who run out early (they also have ice at the cafe which makes your water that much refreshing especially in the summer heat). I myself packed my own lunch but still managed to buy a popsicle at the cafe which tasted like the best popsicle ever at the time. Overall the hike was challenging but filled with breath-taking views of the San Gabriel mountains and the stretch of cities across the San Gabriel Valley. Make sure you take plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray and snacks/lunch for once you reach the peak!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was challenging. The scenery was beautiful! The café at the top welcoming, we hiked as a group, the other couple finished in 7 hours we were closer to 8.75... Fellow hikers along the trail were calling it treacherous. The first part of the hike up was lovely... the second part I wanted to cry! Coming down was done with ease. Make sure you plan for the mosquitos and wear bug spray. I honestly think I didn't take enough water and had some other personal issues that added to my misery so I am still giving this hike a 5 stars!

6 months ago

This was a challenging trail. It states its 13.5 miles but feels like more. It took us (2) a solid 10 hours, my Fit Bit measured 42,000 steps and 400 flights of stairs. We also encountered a 5 foot rattlesnake and an unheard of amount of flying insects. This said the trail is an extremely beautifully wooded hike with shade 95% of the time. You wind around a stream and gorgeous rocks. There are fantastic old camp style structures so that adds to the enjoyment. At the summit you have food on the weekends and water 365. We seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take us so found the gates at the bottom of the mountain locked and had to contact the local police to come and unlock the gate. I would hike the first 4 miles again and the waterfall along with the ridge loop but would want to try camping and a face net before attempting Mt. Wilson again.

6 months ago

Pretty challenging hike! Took me about 8 hours to complete, I did this hike by myself. I do not recommend doing hike alone. I ran into a full grown snake and a baby snake so be careful where you step. My fitbit calculated to be 16 miles. Also, take plently of water but theres a water fountain at the top by the observatory. I started my hike going towards sturtevant falls. I would say the first 4 miles were pretty easy but miles 5 to 8 were pretty challenging for me. But once I got to the top it was beautiful! Coming down was alot easier. Also, there are a lot of bugs, which was super annoying, so maybe some bug spray or a head net would have really helped. Overall, it was a nice hike the view was great but just felt like a never ending hike.

hiking
6 months ago

**Brown Bear mama and Cub siting 7/2/17!!**
Yesterday myself and a group of friends hiked Mt Wilson via the Sierra Madre Trail head as the 1st of the 6-Pack Peaks we are doing. It was an amazing hike with gorgeous views and lots of shade throughout the hike from huge full trees and a well marked trail! The Observatory at the top was nice with a restaurant and bathrooms and a place to refill water bottles and even get ice! We hiked to the peak 7 miles up We headed down 7miles out! We did unfortunately encounter a Brown Bear Mother and her Cub which totally freaked us all out! We backed away slowly and waited until they moved on the higher ground! So please be warned there are Brown Bears! If there is Mama and a Cub there must have been a Papa somewhere as well! Thankfully we did not encounter him! We also ran into a swarm of wasps or something that bit all of us at one time as well as a Bee hive inside of a hollowed out tree! Needless to say we won't be hiking this mountain again and wanted to warn others so hey are prepared for the possibility of Bears because we were not prepared!! Hike this mountain with caution!

6 months ago

Loved it!

6 months ago

It was amazing hike, I get to see the bear..

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