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Mount Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon [CLOSED]

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Angeles National Forest

Mount Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon [CLOSED] is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.8 mi Elevation gain 4,967 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Closed Historic site
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Note: As of October 2020, this area will be closed until April 2022 due to the Bobcat Fire. For updates, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices

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Saul Sandoval
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Hiking

beautiful trail, well kept. Lots of view points. The observatory is very nice. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Roxana Vargas
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CampingGreat!

Great hiking trails with lots of shade

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Yon Dolgorouky
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Have done this hike 3 times with family. Best accomplished early to beat the heat. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Not recommended for pets, have seen someone having to carry their dog down the mountain trail, very sad. Stay safe and have fun!!!

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Hayley Bricker
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HikingGreat!
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Ping Chen
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Hiking

can be beautiful. saw 2 brown bears on the way down. the afternoon is much too hot today. over 110F

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Ashwin Amit
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Hiking

Boring trail.

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David Stahl
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HikingGreat!

Lovely stroll to the top.

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Sophie P
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Closed

CLOSED today 8/23 for heat wave and fire risk. Might be open tomorrow.

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Joshua Rios
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HikingClosed

Went by today early in the morning around 7:30am and the trail is closed. There are signs posted all over and a police officer is alerting hikers about the closure.

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Sean Denard
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HikingBugsGreat!

Bears live about 2 miles into this trail. drank 2 gallons of water in 110 degree temp. even though the observatory gate is locked there is another trail that can take you up to get to the water station.

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Lily Aguirre
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HikingBugsNo shadeScramble

A hard hike especially in the summer. On my way down some peeps told me a bear was close near First Water. If you reach the top you know you made it to the summit when you find the tree with a swing (I was told). I didn’t find it :( You can also fill up your water at the top. Do not take the driving road towards the end to reach the top. It’s boring. The trail is more scenic.

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Jessica Levine
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HikingBugsGreat!

Trail was great! Well maintained, clear pathways/well marked, great signs showing different areas historical significance. Definitely a real doozy! Bring lots of water (you can refill at the the top too!), and bug spray

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Steph Krawczyk
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HikingBugs

Oh MAN! Nothing like a good a** kicking to start off the week, am I right?! What a heck of a workout. Started at 7AM, took a long break at the top and had a little heart to heart with a friend, then headed back down. I’d say the terrain starts out fairly easy for the first 3.5 miles, and then the last 3.5 miles reaallllyyy get ya. Worth a venture up for sure!! Absolutely gorgeous views at the top

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Whitney Rebecca
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Hiking

I went in June2020 and parking was closed, so that added 2-3mi to my total. Luckily I’d read it on here first and was prepared. It was definitely worth it! There isn’t much shade at the start, but it was early and foggy when I went, so I was lucky. Didn’t see any wildlife. There were a lot of biting flies and gnats when I stopped for a break on my way back down, but nothing as bad as living in the Southeast. Did Pikes Peak after this and I can say it was great preparation!

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Chris Pinyo
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HikingBugsGreat!

This was a pretty hard hike for me. My friend Justin and I summited in 3 hours. It took us 2.5 hr to get down for total hiking time of 5.5 hr. The first 2 miles was exposed but shaded the rest of the way. Trail was well maintained. I drank 2L on the way up and 1L on the way down. There are 3 water filling stations at the top. One by the cafe and one by visitor parking. The other is by the big telescope.

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Lindsay Sandler
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HikingGreat!
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petre p
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Olivia Cabrera
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HikingGreat!No shade

I only am putting 3 stars so people see this warning! THERE ARE BEARS ON THIS HIKE! We have see. Bears twice on this hike! My biggest concern is that it was a cub and so momma might be close by. It did not harm us luckily we just didn’t frighten it so it ran off make noise when approaching so it doesn’t feel threatened! Also there is a man that lives on this mountain and he is very scary. I was in a group of four that sprinted down this mountain while being chased by a shirtless man who went so far as to climb through bushes to cut us off. It was absolutely terrifying. The hike itself is amazing. It is not for the weak! This was my first elevation hike and it was well worth it. Minus all of the insanity we experience dour way back.

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Charles Kiedman
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Hiking

Just an amazing trail. the bottom two miles are exposed, but then you climb into oak woodland, then a mixed pine forest with great shade provided by the closed canopy. This is a great option if you want to do mt wilson as part of your socal 6-pac while charlton flats are closed.

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Craig Weishaar
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HikingBugsRocky

Beautiful trail. A true challenge. A few technical sections. 2-3 trees down across trail, but easily ducked under if you’re short. I’m 6’1”, so it was a little more interesting. Saw reports of poison oak, but didn’t come across any. This trail is well maintained. #1 in the six pack of peaks is complete!

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Cher R
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HikingBugsNo shade
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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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