Mt. Wilson – Birthday Hike

Peak Summited2023 Mount Wilson (SoCal)
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMt. Wilson Trail Park
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail

Today is my birthday and I decided to do a 13+ mile hike as my first peak. Everywhere I read said this hike is difficult but I took on the challenge. Difficult was an understatement lol. I commend those who can summit with 4-5 hours. I took me 8 hours to summit and an additional 3 to return down to my car. After reaching “The Bench” the trail is covered in snow until you summit which is around 1.5-2 miles. When you reach Mt. Wilson Toll Road there are multiple huge trees that were knocked down during the recent storms. I had to climb over/under/walk around many trees in the snow. It was definitely challenging. Snow is about ankle deep but I misstepped a few times and sunk in to almost knee deep. Challengers be careful when hiking here and stay safe!

P.S. I saw bear paw prints while walking through the snow.


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