Mount Wilson via Chantry Flats is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A strenuous day hike through a beautiful section of the San Gabriel mountains with a 50 ft. waterfall. Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the trails are the real beauty of this hike. There are several trails you can take to the top of Mt. Wilson, but this challenging 13 mile loop is the most beautiful. It starts at the Chantry Flats trailhead above Arcadia, and includes a one mile detour to view the beautiful Sturtevant Falls before climbing 4,200' to the top of Mt. Wilson. This is the first of six southern California summits in the 6-Pack of Peaks bundle. Done in sequence, they provide great training anyone preparing for bigger hikes such as Mt. Whitney or Half Dome. Each hike in the 6-Pack is progressively higher in altitude, and all have respectable distance and vertical elevation gain.
The parking is limited to the narrow roadside on weekends. Crowds are large and lots of traffic. The hike was nice once we passed the waterfall where everyone was heading to. I enjoyed the water crossings and coolness shaded by the trees on the trail. if you don't like crowds- this trail is not for you or hike it on a weekday.
Fabulous trail! So green! Shade almost the whole way. Lots of water flowing. Sturtevant Falls was incredible! A must do hike. The peak is anticlimactic but the journey there is awesome! About a dozen river crossings, hopping on rocks. For a quasi peak experience, go to echo rock where the geo tag is. A must do hike!
I took on Mount Wilson solo with my kiddos opting out for this one. The elevation through the forest is grueling. Very little trail traffic and at times was all alone. Solitary and quiet which was nice - am glad there was no mountain lion sitings and having a hiking buddy would have been safer. The water in the creeks and the waterfalls was absolutely beautiful. Everything is green from the recent rains. Quite a bit of trail debris - rocks and down branches - from the rains tho. A very rewarding day all around and the view at the top was great!
Love this hike. Have done it about 5 times. Very challenging. Bring lots of water. Meals. And plenty of snacks. Takes us about 12 hours to do with breaks in between. Since the sun sets at 6pm make sure you start back down the mountain around 2pm, at the latest, depending on your speed. Take flash lights.
Did this on Sunday. Quite a few people but not bad. Leave early. We started at 6:45a. First 3 miles are easy and the last 4 up are a quad burning grind. Great views. Free coffee and hot chocolate at the snack bar. Snow and ice near the top still so think about bringing micro spikes. Did out and back on upper winter creek trail to Mt Wilson trail.
Absolutely loved the scenery and the waterfall.
Great time completing a challenging hike.