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Long hot day to Wilson

Peak Summited2021 Mount Wilson (SoCal)
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadWilson Trail (Sierra Madre)
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

I started at 06:30 on a Sunday morning and it was already 73°  at the trail head. I was reading up on previous hikes and people were talking about others getting parking tickets for not having their wheels turned on the slight hill.   So I did it not to take a chance. Parking is free since you are in the residential but be respectful of the residents with noise and Trash. I powerered through the first half of the 7 miles climb in a hour and half and was feeling good. The second half kicked my butt and significantly slowed down and took more frequent breaks as the heat came up. It took me a total of 4 hours to to the climb to the cafe where I had a nice sandwich and a root beer float. I say up there for 45 minutes and filled up my reservoir a few more liters from the 2 liters I went though on the way up. There is a fill station at the cafe. The heat was definitely getting up to the high 80's on the way down, so I took a couple more short breaks there. I got back to my car at 13:50. Nice day all and all. I was a hard fought climb that never really let up.

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