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Mount Wilson

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13.7 Miles 22.1 Kilometers


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Singletrack

4,786' 1,459 m

Ascent

-4,785' -1,459 m

Descent

5,684' 1,732 m

High

1,041' 317 m

Low

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Minor Issues

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Looking for a hill to conquer in the Los Angeles area? Look no further!

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Overview

Mount Wilson Trail is a 13.6 mile out and back trail located near Sierra Madre that offers scenic views.

The trail is challenging and the first part can be very hot during the summer. This trail is not recommended for beginners.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

There is plenty of free street parking, and a water fountain at the trailhead. Water is also available at the visitor center located on the top of the mountain.

Bring a mosquito net if you have one.

Description

Look for free street parking in front of Lizzie's Trail Inn and The Richardson House. Mt. Wilson Trail starts about 50 yards north of Mira Monte Ave.

The first mile of the trail is on a sandy singletrack with no shade, and the next few miles are in the woods. While catching your breath after the climb, don't forget to look back to see the view of Pasadena; on a good day you can see all the way to the ocean.

Once into the wooded section of the trail, the track becomes narrow. Look out for roots and loose rocks. There was a running water section but with the drought there isn't much water left.

Around mile 4 there will be a junction, continue on the trail to the right, this is the most difficult part of trail, be prepare to use both hands and feet. At the mile 5 marker, continue on the Mt. Wilson trail going north (up). A fire road will appear around mile 6, take a right and continue up the trail.

Be sure to enjoy the view of Pasadena and Los Angeles - that's partly why you're up here, I hope!

There will be a restroom, cafe, and water on the top of the Mt Wilson. From here, head back down the same way you came. This is when the fun begins!

Flora & Fauna

Poison oaks everywhere! A lot of native pine tree at higher elevation

History & Background

One of the most visible mountains in Los Angeles.

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Oct 7, 2017
Matthew Smith
Aug 19, 2017
Alex Varga
Total trip took about 8 hours and 45 mins but we stopped at the top for about an hour and took two 15-20 min breaks.
Jul 29, 2017
Amy Willingham
Jul 22, 2017
Teddy Zaw
13.7mi
Jul 16, 2017
Sean Hubbert
Jun 10, 2017
Oscar Gomez
15mi
May 13, 2017
Malia Silverman
16mi
Apr 22, 2017
James Clark

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  4.4 from 19 votes

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Fallen Trees - Bear sighted on trail
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