Mount Wilson Trail

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Mount Wilson Trail is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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.

12.5 miles 4688 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers




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

19 hours ago

A challenge ! Hiked the whole thing with the Sierra Club and managed to fall asleep in the car for the first time in my life I was so exhausted after. Lots of switchbacks, the view at the top really depends on the smog. Go after a good rain when LA clears up. Really good for training for Baldy and others. A nice escape from the sprawl without driving too far. A must do if you're an Angeleno. But only worth doing once.

1 day ago

A lot of work for not enough reward. First off the hike is closer to 15-16 miles round trip. The parking was miserable on a weekend. Had to park 1.5 miles from the trail head. So get there very early, like 6:00 AM early. Most Blogs claim this is the peak you should start on if you are doing the So Cal Six Pack of Peaks. Personally I found this more difficult that Mt. Baldy due to the length and never ending climb. The summit is anticlimactic with being civilized. However it was amazing having an ice cream sunday at the summit of a difficult hike so that was awesome! When climbing from the east, as this hike promotes, most of the climbing is done in the last few miles which made it difficult. While it did feel great to cross of this beast from the So Cal Six Pack of Peaks challenge, I personally will not be returning to this mountain anytime soon when I find the other mountains in that challenge far more enjoyable.

1 day ago

A never ending trail , the place is full of mosquitos to the point you cannot take a rest because they will not leave alone ! We were able to got to the top but it was too hard of a trail !

6 days ago

I recorded the trail using Gaia GPS , basically following the path. It turns out it has length 15mile. Despite this, it is a good trail. Be aware of the bugs on the winter creek trail. They are quite annoying if you want to have some rest. A head net will be very helpful.

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15 days ago

First time up. Loved it! Beautiful. The hot dogs and coffee at the Cosmic Cafe are GOOD! The trail is closer to 15 miles long out and back. Definitely doing it again!

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17 days ago

It's totally worth it once you get to the top. I love this hike and have done it three times.

19 days ago

The hike was definitely more than 12.5 mi. I tracked around 15 mi. on my phone. Not sure if we took a longer way. Either way, it was a fairly strenuous hike. However, absolutely beautiful. There is a nice bloom of wildflowers and a flowing brook. There is a cafe at the top, which serves as a nice break. The view at the top is well worth it.

21 days ago

This hike was amazing and a killer workout. We accidentally did it backwards and climbed up the steep side and back through the falls. I'd advise doing it the correct way, cause the drawn out descent along the waterfalls--while pretty--was pretty killer on the legs. Would rather have had the gradual ascent and fast descent. :)

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27 days ago

Hiked this yesterday. Great hike. About 7 hours round trip for an unconditioned hiker including a 30 minute break at the top for lunch. We took the upper winter creek trail back to the parking lot which added an extra mile, but it was more scenic than taking the paved road back to the parking lot.

30 days ago

1 month ago

Strenuous hike, all incline for approximately 6.5 miles up, after the 5th mile it gets very narrow, take lots of water and snacks, scenery is beautiful and lush. In and out of shade, running water and streams along the way. One of my favorites ♥️✊