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Mount Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon

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Mount Wilson Trail Park

Mount Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon is a 15.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 15.1 mi Elevation gain 4,947 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Historic site

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NOTE: There may be periodic road closures leading to this trail. Check traffic reports to for current conditions. Also due to covid19 the cafe and observatory are closed as of June 2020.

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Reviews (281)
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Joyce L
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HikingBugs

like other reviews said, this trail is a butt kicker. There were quite a number of groups before First Water but it tapered off as you ascend. We took a break at The Bench, and then a long break at the top for food. The cafe and observatory is closed at the moment and the parking lot was empty. There was a lot of poison oak along the trail, so be mindful. the last stretch of the trail had a lot of big purple plants (dog poodle bush), again just be mindful. Most people were wearing masks and kept their distance. We started at 6:45am Sunday morning. We got back to the car at 2:35pm. It was a nice overcast day, so it wasn’t too hot, and it’s was a nice view!

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Lizzette Rojas
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HikingBugs

Long hike that kicks your butt, great workout!

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Dan Hilley
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HikingBugs

Well kept trail especially before Orchard Camp. ALERT: lots of poison oak and gnats in the shady canyon and poodle dog bush in burn area at the last set of switchbacks. Avoidable if careful. Water flowing at First Water and just before Orchard Camp. A spigot is available next to the Cosmo Cafe at the top. Fun and challenging hike.

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Sam Konowitch
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Fun little mountain in SoCal. You can find steeper, taller and more remote, but it's a classic. I'm not a fan of developed peaks like this one, but whatever floats your boat.

andy pewsg
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saw a teen bear. it got too close for comfort. managed to scare it away. be careful. between manzanita ridge and orchard camp

M Peña
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BugsNo shadeRocky

Every time I go back, the poison oak seems to be thicker so be aware of that. Also some areas have eroded so be alert and careful as you cross them.

Rachel Calloway
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Hiking

Heavy traffic until you pass the turn out with the waterfall. Great steep workout! Cool views once the morning clouds clear up.

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Jose Cervantes
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Hiking

Challenging but enjoyable! Definitely recommended.

Jonathan V
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HikingRocky

We came on a very cloudy day which was pretty cool seeing how foggy the trail was and feeling like you’re in a scary movie. The trail is tough but a fun challenge I would recommend it to anyone that wants to try this trail out. Make sure to bring at least 4 granola bars some beef jerky and 2 liters of water.

Benny Martinez
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Hiking

Great trail for being so close to the city. Decent incline the entire way up but nothing terrible. The views are amazing all the way up especially if you get it on a clear day. When you get to the top it’s a little disappointing since your stepping into a parking lot but the view is worth it. You have a few different options to get to the top our total mileage was 15 exactly and we got it done in 7.5 hours. We started at 5:30am to get out before the sun and people....speaking of people we passed about 6 on the way up starting so early and 60-70 on the way down (yeah there’s a lot of foot traffic) It’s the amount of people on the trail that knocked this down a star. The trail itself is great. Pros: Steady incline Great views Shade Easy and tough parts Well marked Cons: Crowded Uneventful summit

Jeremy Chung
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HikingBugs

This trail is a beast! Way harder than going from Chantry Flats. It was worth it though. Try to do this hike on an overcast day. There are long stretches out in the open away from tree cover.

Hans L.
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Hiking

Brutal .......all up to the peak

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Cindysue Compton
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Hiking

This trail is open now. But once you get to the top the Observatory and Cafe and restrooms ect is closed. They want you to go up the trail then turn around and head back down. We did make our way to Wilson peak on the other side but the sign is gone. Also other reviewers are so right the millage is way off! My AllTrails showed 8.8 when I got to the top. My total mileage ( with my side trip to Wilson Peak sign ) was 17.4 with a elevation gain of 5154...

Adam Walderman
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HikingClosed

I had read online to avoid the trailheads at Red Box and Chantry Flat, but nothing about Mt Wilson Trail head in Sierra Madre. I drove there this morning to find closure signs. The last time I went, the Mt Wilson grounds up top were closed (bathroom locked), but people were still on trail. Better safe than sorry. I need to find a good mountain road to hike that’s wide enough to maintain a decent social distance.

Paul Fisher
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Half measures availed us nothing. Just go to the top. You got this!!

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Heri Cajero
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HikingRocky
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D Berlin
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HikingBugs

Well maintained trail. BEE HIVE Warning. BEWARE, a little below the junction with Winter Creek Trail you pass beside tree roots jutting into the trail at about adult torso/shoulder level on the left (uphill) side as you ascend. Our group seemed to have set off a beehive in there as we passed resulting in multiple people stung and an epipen injection. They did not attack on the way back down.

John Scampone
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Hiking

16.7 mile hike

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Elvis Leyva
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Hiking

Yikes! Tough overall climb to the top but there’s benchmarks to track your progress and decide if today is the day. There’s First Water, Orchard Camp, and Manzanita Ridge before you get to Mount Wilson. Each stop is a couple of miles away and packs sufficient elevation gain. You have choices. Today was the day for us. We made it to the top. Excellent overcast conditions made the descend more bearable. Bring plenty of water and pack a lunch.

Fatima Mejia
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Hiking

Challenging but worth it! Mile 5 is the most difficult one.

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Ryan T.
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HikingRocky

Damn, this was a tough hike. Straight up to Mt Wilson with what seemed like little relief. There were more people on the trail than I expected and it can get a little hairy with the narrow trails! Looks like many trees fell recently but they’ve all been cut up so as not to block the trail. There is a large pile of rocks/concrete about mile 6 that you have to climb over. Snow was mostly gone so not a factor. Bugs were around but not an issue. Keep climbing!

Thomas Rainey
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Hiking

Great hike with solid elevation gain and really nice views on the way up. Snow piled up in shady areas and we encountered a rock slide across the trail on the upper section. Passed quite a few people on the lower section up to the half way point but that seemed to be the turning point for most because we had no encounters with anyone past that. Long and challenging but worth it!

David Stahl
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Hiking

A relentless climb — but worth it!

zhang jinlan
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Ralph Jagodka
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Hiking

Great hike! Started in Sierra Madre and worked up to First Water. From there moved on to Orchard - about the halfway point. Then continued to Manzanita Ridge and finished with a trek to Mt. Wilson. Beautiful day and well maintained trail! Can still see a bit of fire damage and rock slides on the upper track portion. Almost 5,000 foot elevation gain, so it is not an easy hike - beautiful and satisfying!

Nadine Alfaro
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HikingRocky

loved it some of the trail gets narrow other parts trail are wide. alot to see be cautious with wildlife and trail steps. beautiful

Paul Calvin
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HikingBugs

Nice steady grind of a hike. Snow and perfect weather made it very satisfying.

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