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Mt. Wilson (Nevada)

Peak Summited2021 Mount Wilson (LV)
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadFirst Creek
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail difficult/impossible to navigate

Geez, where to begin. I can deal with the rock scrambling. I can deal with the elevation gain mostly all occurring during he last 1/3 of the trail. The brush? Well, I am bleeding and it looks like I got into a cage fight, but I can also deal with that. It was the trail finding on this thing that did me in. I probably spent an extra 1.5 hrs on the trail trying to figure out where to go.

Often I'd follow a set of carins up a side of a mountain that would then disappear. Finally I realized the carins I was supposed to follow were the ones in the gully.

My advice? I'd say just follow the creek bed up the entire way and mostly ignore the carins that take you up the sides of the gully unless it's to bypass a giant rock. There are quite a few of those.

Also be sure to have an external charger for your phone, I used a lot of juice trying to find myself back to the trail using the map.

Definitely allot at least 10 hours for this hike and bring tons of water. Wear pants and long sleeves… the scrapes and bruises are no joke. I actually had a needle from a cactus in my leg that was imbedded so far in that I had trouble getting it out.

I did this solo but if it's your first time I definitely recommend to bring someone with you… for safety, but also because it might help to have someone endure it with you.

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