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Best trails in Mount Wilson

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Looking for a great trail near Mount Wilson, California? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Topanga State Park or Chino Hills State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park or Runyon Canyon Park. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Mount Wilson ranging from 2.5 to 8.3 miles and from 2,883 to 8,261 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Mount Wilson
Top trails (29)
#1 - Strawberry Peak Trail via Redbox Canyon
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
#2 - Josephine Peak Trail
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
#3 - San Gabriel Peak Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#4 - San Gabriel Peaks: San Gabriel, Mount Disappointment, Mount Lowe, Mount Markham
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
#5 - Mount Lowe Road to Inspiration Point
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
#6 - Mount Lowe Campground Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
#7 - Chilao to Mt. Hillyer via Horse Flats Trail
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
#8 - Mt. Hillyer Trail from Horse Flats Campground
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
It has been reported that the campground is closed due to COVID 19. This is a very easy hike, and a summit that small children can attain. It is a strolling trail through some chaparral near the trailhead, but that changes quickly. It becomes a boulder strewn forest in no time. This is prime mountain biking country, and the trail is a bit worn and wide in places. If you do bring small children on a busy day, watch out for bikers. This is also bear country, with lots of current ursine activity, so be wary of them as well. It is important to make noise to avoid unexpected encounters. If you blink, you might miss the top, but once you are near you will have great views of Big Tujunga Canyon to the West, Twin Peaks and Mt. Waterman to the East, Pacifico staring you in the face to the north.Show more
#9 - Redbox Canyon to Strawberry Potero
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
Panoramic mountain vistas, views of towering Strawberry Peak The destination of this hike, the Strawberry Potero, is a spectacular setting in a meadow like clearing butted up against the 1000 foot cliff face of Strawberry Peak. The hike itself has very little shade. Directions are simple: follow the Red Box Canyon trail for 4.1 miles, then go left on the Colby Canyon Trail for about a half mile until you come to the base of Strawberry Peak. On the way back when you reach the saddle, you may want to consider a challenging 2 mile side hike up a poorly maintained and extremely steep trail to the top of Strawberry Peak.Show more
#10 - Idlehour Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 8 h
Steady, well-paced "out and back" trail from the top of the Mount Lowe motorway (and tunnel) all the way down to Idlehour campground. Most people probably do the opposite route - from Pasadena up through Henninger Flats and then to Idlehour - but this is the reverse route going downhill first and then uphill on the way back. Except for traversing up and around Mount Markham, the elevation change is relatively steady and moderate - nothing too steep. It's a long trek, but the rewards are peace and solitude since not many take this route. Lots of animal droppings too, which means not many people come this way. The trail is well-maintained with only a few trees to hobble over, but it looks like trail maintenance is actively being done.Show more
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